Government

Minimum Wage and Fair Access to Additional Hours of Work

On November 8, 2022, voters in the City of Tukwila approved Initiative Measure No. 1, concerning labor standards for certain employees.

This measure added Chapter 5.63 to the Tukwila Municipal Code requiring employers with either (1) at least 15 employees worldwide, or (2) annual gross revenue over $2 million to:

  • pay employees an hourly minimum wage equal to the 2022 “living wage” in the City of SeaTac adjusted by the annual rate of inflation as determined by the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Area CPI-W;
  • pay all tips, gratuities, and service charges to covered employees in addition to the minimum wage; and
  • offer additional hours of work to qualified part-time employees before hiring additional employees or subcontractors.

This new law phases in the minimum wage based on the size of employer. It does not apply to employers with fewer than 15 employees and annual gross revenue under $2 million.

Minimum Wage

Large Employers (over 500 employees worldwide)

  • Effective July 1, 2023, every large employer must pay an hourly wage at least equal to the 2022 living wage in the City of SeaTac, adjusted for inflation.  This has been calculated to be $18.99. Click here for more information: 2023 Minimum Wage Notice. On January 1, 2024 and on each January 1 thereafter, the hourly wage will be adjusted for inflation.

Mid-Size Employers (15 to 500 employees worldwide or annual gross revenue over $2 million)

  • Effective July 1, 2023, every midsize employer must pay an hourly wage that is $2 per hour less than that of large employers.  This has been calculated to be $16.99. Click here for more information: 2023 Minimum Wage Notice.
  • Effective July 1, 2024, mid-size employers must pay an hourly wage that is $1 per hour less than that of large employers.
  • Effective July 1, 2025, mid-size employers must pay an hourly wage that is equal to that of large employers.

Each year the City of Tukwila Finance Department will publish the applicable hourly minimum wage.

Access to Additional Hours

Employers must offer additional hours of work to current part-time employees who have the appropriate skills and experience before hiring new employees or subcontractors (including temporary agencies).

Enforcement

Persons alleging a violation of TMC 5.63, including retaliatory conduct, may bring a civil action against the employer or other person in violation of this chapter. Additionally, the City of Tukwila’s Finance Director may deny, suspend, or revoke any license for violations of TMC 5.63.

Rulemaking

The initiative requires the City to adopt rules and procedures to implement and ensure compliance with TMC 5.63 by May 28, 2023. These rules will be published here when finalized.

Implementation

The initiative was approved by the voters on November 8, 2022, and was certified on November 29, 2022.  The law is now in effect, and the City is starting to develop the rules and procedures to implement the new law. The City will seek feedback from worker organizations and covered employers before finalizing the rules and procedures.

Questions

For additional information, please refer to the complete text of Tukwila Municipal Code Chapter 5.63. You can also submit questions via email to Business@TukwilaWa.Gov.

Information Sessions and Public Comment

The City plans to host some public information sessions and will provide an opportunity for public comment on draft rules and procedures. Sign up below to receive notifications of the information sessions and opportunities for public comment.