An organization, 15 Now, heavily backed by union locals, has set a rally for 2 p.m. Saturday at South 23rd Street and Union Avenue in Tacoma to raise awareness of its campaign to raise the state's minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 an hour.
The rally will take place near several stores and restaurants, Walmart, McDonalds, Starbucks and Target on which the group has focused its efforts to raise minimum wages.
The Puget Sound area has become a national hotspot for wage-raising activity. Voters in SeaTac last fall approved a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has called for raising the minimum wage in the Emerald City to $15 an hour.
Washington already mandates the highest minimum wage in the country, $9.32 an hour. That wage is indexed to rise with inflation.
The organizers of the Saturday rally have also called a public meeting regarding the $15 campaign for March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South.