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A Seattle Compromise Brings America's First $15 Minimum Wage

A restaurant worker in Seattle
A restaurant worker in SeattlePhotograph by AP Photo

Update 6:40 p.m.: Seattle’s City Council unanimously approved the $15 wage.

A rally is already under way outside Seattle’s City Hall on Monday afternoon as lawmakers gather to vote on a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bill is expected to pass—even unanimously—after surprisingly civil negotiations took place under deadline pressure that seems poised to create the highest citywide wage in the U.S.