Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement today after U.S. District Judge Richard Jones denied a preliminary injunction request from the International Franchise Association that would have temporarily reclassified franchises as a small business under Seattle’s new minimum wage rules:
“This is a great day for Seattle’s fast food franchise workers. This ruling ensures that on April 1st, the minimum wage will go up for everyone in our city.
We must remember that the ongoing movement for wage equality in our nation was led by fast food workers from large franchise restaurants. Their actions sparked a national conversation about growing wage gaps. Our actions in Seattle have set the bar high for developing a process to raise wages in a way that works for workers and business. Rather than investing in lawyers to prevent workers from earning higher wages, it is time for these large businesses to begin investing in a higher minimum wage for their employees.”