The Seattle Office of Labor Standards is divvying up $1 million among community organizations to assist workers with the city’s labor laws.
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has selected 10 organizations and partnerships to receive a combined $1 million to assist workers about the city’s labor laws, including its new minimum-wage ordinance, Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.
The organizations and partnerships will use the money to conduct door-to-door outreach, host community-education events, develop training materials and provide labor-rights counseling to workers having their rights violated, a news release said.
Many of the groups are connected with immigrant communities in which workers don’t speak English as their first language. The emphasis will be on low-wage workers.
The organizations and partnerships divvying up the approximately $1 million are:
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• Casa Latina and Eritrean Association, $319,000
• Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color, $65,000
• Chinese Information and Service Center, $60,000
• Eritrean Community, $60,000
• El Centro de la Raza, $25,000
• Fair Work Center, $376,000
• Millionaire Club, $3,500
• NAACP, $60,000
• Washington Community Action Network, $20,000
• Washington Wage Claim Project, $9,500
The disbursement announced Wednesday is among the first by the Office of Labor Standards, which launched in April. The office is responsible for overseeing a series of worker protections adopted by the city in recent years.
Seattle adopted its new minimum-wage law in 2014. The ordinance set the local minimum wage on a path toward $15 an hour for all employees by 2017.
The city made wage theft a crimein 2011 and last year created its own civil penalties for wage-theft violations.
Seattle’s law requiring paid sick time for workers took effect in 2012 and its job-assistance ordinance, which restricts how employers can use conviction and arrest records during the hiring process, took effect in 2013.
The labor-standards office will spend $275,000 on outreach to businesses next year, a Murray spokesman said.
The Office of Economic Development allocated $210,000 this year to the Ethnic Business Coalition to help employers learn about the city’s labor laws.