Understanding the Seattle city ordinance that will increase minimum wage to $15
UNDERSTANDING SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE ORDINANCE
The Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance was signed by Mayor Murray on June 3, 2014 and took effect April 1, 2015. The passing of the ordinance raised many questions from businesses and citizens, many of which were who are the people that will be affected by this wage increase and how will the increase be implemented?
This visualization aims to provide a digestible overview of the Minimum Wage Ordinance including the population’s it aims to increase the wages of and how it will be implemented through different categories of employers over time.
As I continued to research and gather information, the visualization went through many different drafts and directions. Much time was spent exploring the best way to visualize certain types of data, and refining the style and curves of the Sankey diagram.
MAKING SENSE OF INFORMATION FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES
The bulk of the information used in the diagram is pulled from documents used by Seattle City Council to inform the legislative process. However, to add more color and context for the information, data for the poster is compiled from a variety of additional sources including:
- “Local Minimum Wage Laws: Impacts on Workers Families and Businesses.” by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs and Annette Bernhardt. (Prepared for the Seattle Income Inequality Advisory Committee). Published March 2014.
- “Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle’s Minimum Wage?” by Marieka M. Klawitter, Mark Long, Robert Plotnick. (Prepared for the Seattle Income Inequality Advisory Committee). Published March 2014.
- “Minimum Wage Ordinance.” Seattle Office for Civil Rights, City of Seattle. Published June 3, 2014.
- “Resolution Number: 31524.” Office of the City Clerk, City of Seattle. June 2, 2014.
- “$15 Minimum Wage.” Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle. Accessed April 17, 2015.
- American Community Survey, Historical surveys for Seattle-Tacoma-Everett/Bellevue
- Historical Consumer Price Index Data for Seattle Area
24” x 17” trim size