SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project

Year of Funding: 
2015/2016

The SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project produces a digital web archive documenting the two successful historic struggles for a $15 minimum wage as well as continuing advocacy for better wages, sick pay, reduction of wage theft, and other issues related to low wage workers in the Puget Sound region. This ambitious project highlights in particular the catalytic impact of these campaigns increasing wages around the nation. The archive will include scores of interviews and oral histories along with media accounts, photos and video clips, original documents and artifacts, an event timeline and a dynamic national map of minimum wage policy diffusion, analytical essays, and an interactive blog.

We expect to make initial iteration of the archive available to the public in mid-fall 2015. The archive will continue to grow for years, adding a wide array of new historical materials and analytical research studies about the history of minimum wage struggles and their impacts. We expect the open-access archive to become an invaluable resource for graduate and undergraduate students, research scholars, journalists, and activists around the nation.

Professor Michael McCann, Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and Conor Casey, Labor Archivist in the UW Special Collections, are the project supervisors working with a team of committed graduate and undergraduate students to collect the information and construct the archive. The project is funded by the Bridges Labor Center and Labor Archives of Washington along with the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

Related Story: Preserving the Lessons of the Seattle-SeaTac $15 Wage Victories

View the Sea-Tac/Seattle Minimum Wage Project, hosted by UW Libraries Digital Collections.

Primary Contacts

Michael McCann (Political Science)

Conor Casey (UW Libraries Special Collections)

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