Minimum Wage

In 1998, EOI worked to pass Initiative 688, making Washington the first state to index minimum wage to inflation. However, with today’s disproportionate job growth in high-wage industries, Washington’s cost of living is outpacing inflation and those annual minimum wage adjustments fall short.

Initiative 1433, passed with EOI leadership and engagement of community allies in 2016, set the state minimum wage to increase again over the next several years.

These increases provide much-needed relief to low-wage workers across the state, but many are still unable to afford the basics on a minimum wage income. A growing economy means growth of high, moderate, and low-wage jobs, and all of those workers deserve a living wage for their work.

Research Feed

Early Learning
Dynamics in Early Childhood Education in Washington State

A Case Study on the Impacts of Low Wages and Inadequate Public Support

A Fair Deal at Work
Time Is Money, Unless You’re Salaried

Washington’s Minimum Wage, Sick Leave, and Overtime Laws Haven’t Been Updated in 40 Years

Minimum Wage
Time for a Raise

Statewide economic growth and Washington's minimum wage

Blog Feed

A Fair Deal at Work

October 26, 2018

Your Salaried Status May Leave You Unprotected

Half a million workers stand to gain if WA updates an obscure administrative rule from the 1970s

A Fair Deal at Work

June 26, 2017

A Tale of Two Studies

Poor research leads to poor findings on minimum wage