“Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal for funding the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) reflects our long-held position that implementing the city’s labor laws—an important function that we support—is a general fund responsibility. This core responsibility does not warrant new taxes on business, nor a dedicated funding source.”
“Seattle businesses have consistently stepped up and invested in what is best for the city, supporting $4 billion in new public investments over the last two years. We also generate 50 percent of the City’s tax revenue. If the Council can find money in the general fund to hire additional legislative assistants and to bail out a bike-share program, it should be able to find a similar amount of money to enforce its own laws. The Mayor’s funding proposal is a clear recognition of this fact, and we strongly encourage the Seattle City Council to support it.”
“With so many new labor laws being implemented over the past few years, outreach to employers needs to be significant. The Chamber will continue to press for allocating 50 percent of the proposed outreach funding for educating employers on Seattle’s labor laws, especially since employers have made 75 percent of the contacts to OLS so far.”
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.