After protests, UW decides to follow Seattle $15 wage law

KING 5's Natalie Swaby reports.

SEATTLE - After protests and questions about whether the University of Washington would be required to follow Seattle's $15 minimum wage law, the university has decided to comply.


After raising all campus wages to at least $11 an hour in April, UW announced Monday it would increase its minimum wage to $13 in January and $15 at the beginning of 2017.


This decision applies to all workers on campus, including students, and follows the law's rules for large employers.


The new wage agreement will affect about 5,500 people, including 3,500 student workers. The university estimates the cost for raising all workers to at least $13 an hour in 2016 will be $3.2 million.


Students disrupted an April regents meeting, demanding higher wages. The university announced a few days later that it was increasing the minimum pay for student workers to $11 an hour.


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