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‘This is a wake-up call’: Councilmember Morales statement on Seattle Public Library closures

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2) released the following statement after Seattle Public Library announced it would be implementing library closures due to hiring freezes and looming budget shortfalls. “It’s heartbreaking for so many of our city’s families. The library is an invaluable resource for our community. When I bring my family to...

Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts
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Seattle City Council President Nelson celebrates passage of new labor contracts

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson (Position 9) released the following statement regarding newly approved labor agreements covering around 7,000 City of Seattle workers. Legislation authorizing the agreements was unanimously approved by Council on Tuesday and signed by Mayor Bruce Harrell this morning. “Our city doesn’t work without city workers. From 911 dispatchers to park...

Councilmember Saka statement on proposed transportation levy renewal package
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Councilmember Saka statement on proposed transportation levy renewal package

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Saka (District 1), Chair of the Transportation Committee, released the following statement today after Mayor Bruce Harrell unveiled an initial proposed framework for the transportation levy renewal: “This Transportation Levy is a once-in-a-decade chance to build a safer, better connected and more reliable Seattle. Over my first 100 days in office,...

Seattle City Council approves new contract with city workers
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Seattle City Council approves new contract with city workers

Councilmember Dan Strauss (District 6- Northwest Seattle) is happy to announce that The Seattle City Council approved new labor contracts today impacting more than 7,000 City workers represented by 16 unions. The new contract is the result of more than a year of good faith bargaining between the City and unions. “Seattle is one of...

Food being delivered.
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Seattle City Councilmember Morales statement on corporations’ push to repeal minimum wage protection 

Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales (District 2 – Yesler Terrace to Rainier Beach) is calling on app-based companies who are trying to repeal Seattle’s new minimum wage laws to release information justifying their fee hikes on customers.   “It’s wrong to rush a rollback of minimum wage protections for delivery drivers without having all...

The Seattle City Council during its first meeting of 2024.
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Seattle City Council statement on today’s Council meeting 

There was a disturbance during today’s Seattle City Council meeting. It was resolved so that the Council could get back to conducting the people’s business. Today, that included honoring the late Senator George Fleming. The resolution was unanimously passed by Council and his family was present to receive it.  To be clear – that disturbance...

Seattle City Council observes week of remembrance for Japanese American incarceration
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Seattle City Council observes week of remembrance for Japanese American incarceration

The Seattle City Council and Mayor Bruce Harrell signed on to a proclamation today observing a week of remembrance for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Monday marked 82 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 leading to the forcible removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and into incarceration....

Dancers celebrate Lunar New Year at Seattle City Hall.
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Seattle City Council recognizes February 10 as Lunar New Year

Members of the Seattle City Council signed on to a proclamation recognizing February 10, 2024 as Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon. The proclamation was brought forward by Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy J. Morales (District 2) and Tanya Woo (Position 8). Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell also signed on to the proclamation. “As we say...

Seattle City Council proclamation celebrates Black History Month, city’s historic Black leaders
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Seattle City Council proclamation celebrates Black History Month, city’s historic Black leaders

Seattle City Councilmembers Rob Saka (District 1) and Joy Hollingsworth (District 3) brought forward a proclamation Tuesday recognizing this February as Black History Month in Seattle and celebrating Black trailblazers throughout the city’s history. Mayor Bruce Harrell and every member of the Seattle City Council in attendance signed on to the proclamation. You can watch...