Seattle City Council approves funding agreement for the Office of Labor Standards

By: Alicia Teel Posted: 03/06/2017

The agreement, reached in partnership with the Chamber and other stakeholders, avoids any new taxes on business

City_HallThe Seattle City Council today approved an agreement that finally puts to rest how the City's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) will be funded. This is an issue that the Seattle Metro Chamber has engaged in closely over the past year. 

In a statement, Chamber president and CEO Maud Daudon said, "The agreement approved today, which the Council reached in partnership with the Chamber and other stakeholders, avoids any new taxes on business—a point that is consistent with the Chamber’s advocacy on this issue and is central to our city’s ongoing competitiveness as a place to do business. Thank you to Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson, and Debora Juarez for sponsoring this solution.”

 
Instead of new taxes on business, the City will establish a dedicated account within its general fund and use existing revenue from the city’s business and occupation tax to fund OLS. Thank you to all of our members and partners who wrote in to encourage the Council's approval of this agreement. Hearing directly from you made a big impact, and we truly appreciate your engagement.

Daudon added, “The Chamber continues to believe that funding for education and outreach on all of the new city labor laws should be a significant component of the City’s strategy to achieve compliance, and that this funding should be equally deployed to employer and employee efforts.” 

For more information about the Chamber's work on this issue, please contact Kyla Shkerich, our policy and outreach manager.