Washington Nonprofit Leaders Endorse Initiative 1433 Campaign

More Than 30 Nonprofit Groups from Across Washington Endorse New Statement Supporting Initiative 1433 Because it’s Good for Their Mission, and Will Help Reduce Costly Turnover

SEATTLE – Today, more than 30 nonprofits from across the state signed a new statement in support of the Initiative 1433 campaign to raise the state minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and allow all workers to earn paid sick & safe leave.

Nonprofits leaders support Initiative 1433 because it will help lift Washington families out of poverty and create more opportunities for Washingtonians who are struggling to get by. Today’s new support letter follows another letter of support signed by national and state business leaders, released yesterday.

“The current state minimum wage is not enough for a single worker — let alone a working family — anywhere in the state of Washington,” said Marcy Bowers, director for the Statewide Poverty Action Network. “No one who works hard should live in poverty. Initiative 1433 will help lift thousands of families out of poverty, creating better pathways to the middle class and making Washington a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Initiative 1433 will also allow all workers to earn paid sick & safe leave, which will improve the health of our communities and provide an important resource for survivors of domestic violence to take time off from work to seek safety or medical treatment without losing a paycheck. Initiative 1433 is endorsed by groups like the YWCA and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“Making sure all workers have the opportunity to earn paid sick and safe leave is critical for survivors of domestic violence,” said Liz Mills, director of advocacy and policy for YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish. “This is a women’s issue as well as a workers’ issue. Paid safe leave helps empower domestic violence survivors to take care of themselves and their families, find a secure living situation and go to court to take out a protection order — without losing a paycheck. Lower income workers, women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by our lack of paid leave. On many levels, this is an economic justice issue.”

As you can read in the letter, nonprofits also endorse Initiative 1433 because it will help reduce costly turnover. In 2015, the nonprofit annual turnover rate was nearly 20 percent. Without the financial pressures to find another job because they don’t make enough at their nonprofit to pay for housing or student loans, many low-wage nonprofit employees may decide to stay on longer and grow in the position.

You can read the letter and the list of signers online here.