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Fair wages and good benefits for grocery workers

I have received notice that due to the failure of management to reach an agreement with grocery workers, there is the potential for a strike on Monday night affecting Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC and Safeway supermarkets in Seattle. Grocery workers include Seattleites young and old, from a variety of backgrounds. Many of them are supporting […]


Updating the fire code to better support our innovative life sciences sector

Over the past year the mayor’s office, Seattle Fire Department, Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Economic Development have been working with leaders in the life sciences sector to determine how the City can better support the needs of this rapidly growing industry. In our conversations with them, we heard that changes […]


Community to celebrate Magnuson Park Building 30 grand opening

This afternoon a community celebration will mark the grand opening of the renovated Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park. Mayor Mike McGinn included $8.5 million in the 2012 budget to conduct these renovations. The grand opening allows nonprofit groups to return to a safer building that also serves as an arts hub within the […]


Family friendly workplaces and gender pay equity in Seattle

We are working hard to address gender justice in Seattle. Earlier today I sent the following letter to Julie Nelson and Patricia Hayden, co-chairs of our Gender Equity in Pay Task Force, to ask them to examine the possibility of a City ordinance on family friendly workplaces as they develop recommendations on the gender pay […]


Supported Employment program wins Governor’s “Employer of the Year” award

Word is spreading about the City of Seattle’s innovative and effective Supportive Employment program, which employs 80 people with developmental disabilities working across 17 different City departments, including the mayor’s office. The program bundles small tasks and entry-level duties in various departments into full and part-time positions for people with developmental disabilities. Thanks to the hard work […]


Celebrating the New World Headquarters for Harley Marine Services

Last week I was honored to help celebrate the recently completed Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center, the new world headquarters for Harley Marine Services (HMS) on Harbor Island. HMS has been a Seattle employer for over 30 years, and is one of the City’s key partners in the Maritime Industry, which provides more than […]


Good news for LGBTQ City employees

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that all same-sex married couples will receive equal treatment under the tax code, regardless of whether their marriage is recognized in the state they reside in. This is great news for married couples in our community who have shouldered significant […]


An Update on the Economic Impacts of Coal Trains

Last year the Department of Transportation worked with engineers at Parametrix to understand how Seattle traffic would be impacted by the proposal to expand coal train operations in the region. The findings indicated that running as many as 18 coal trains per day through Seattle, each over a mile long, would significantly increase delays along […]


Mayor announces new college course to recruit and prepare applicants for the Seattle police exam

Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Central Community College president Dr. Paul T. Killpatrick announced a new partnership between the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Central Community College to offer a free five-credit course entitled “Introduction to Community Policing.” The course will cover basic policing skills with an emphasis on collaborating with the community, as […]


Launching a Gender Justice Initiative

Though much progress has been made toward gender justice since women fought for the right to vote nearly 100 years ago, we have a lot of work ahead of us on the road to true gender equity. A recent report from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NWPF) ranked Seattle as having the widest […]