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      Seattle City Council takes up minimum wage plan

      SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle City Council committee starts work Monday afternoon on the mayor's proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour.

      In his proposal on Thursday, Ed Murray announced a business-labor compromise that would phase in pay raises over seven years, depending on the size of the business.

      A group led by socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant is gathering signatures to put a $15 Now initiative on the November ballot.

      A $15 minimum wage would give Seattle the highest minimum wage of any city in the nation.
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