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Reclaiming Prosperity: Impact of Living Wages on Local Economies

Posted by bens at Oct 16, 2013 05:46 PM |

Join us on October 28th, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle for a conversation about the impact of living wages and pro-worker policies on local economies. 

In recent years, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Jose have all passed living wage ordinances for workers at airports and beyond. On the ballot in SeaTac this November, the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative would give hospitality and transportation workers at the airport a living wage of $15 an hour and other benefits such as paid sick leave. 

This Reclaiming Prosperity event invites you to learn how other communities have thrived with living wages.

Tickets are $5. Click here to purchase yours today.

We'll be joined by California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who advocated for a living wage at San Francisco International Airport as a San Francisco Supervisor and later for a citywide ordinance; Bob Brownstein, Director of Policy and Research at Working Partnerships USA, who was instrumental in developing San Jose’s Living Wage ordinance; and Peter Hall, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and an expert on costs and benefits of local living and minimum wage policies and employment in port cities..

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Reclaiming Prosperity is a Town Hall produced speaker series focused on transforming our economy and building a prosperous future for working people and their families.

To learn more about the series visit http://reclaimingprosperity.org/.

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