SEATTLE, Wash--Governor Jay Inslee volunteered for Raise Up Washington in Westlake Park collecting signatures to qualify Initiative 1433 for the November ballot. Initiative 1433 will phase in a statewide minimum wage increase to $13.50 over four years and allow every Washington worker to earn paid sick and safe leave.

“No one who works 40 or more hours a week should struggle to make ends meet,” Inslee said. “And no parent should have to choose between staying home to take care of a sick child or losing a paycheck. Initiative 1433 will lift up workers and families across this state and boost our local economies.”

By raising the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years, Initiative 1433 will put an additional $600 a month into the pockets of low-wage workers. That means more than $2.5 billion will be added into our economy every year — and when workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it on things like food and clothing at local businesses.

Governor Inslee was joined by Ariana Davis, a Safeway employee and the citizen sponsor of Initiative 1433, and Holly Oehler, one of Raise Up Washington’s more than 1,000 volunteers across the state. “Raising the minimum wage and passing paid sick and safe leave will help more than a million workers across Washington just like me,” Davis said. “We’re out here in the final four weeks of signature gathering to make sure that in November Washington voters can vote to make our communities stronger and healthier.”

In addition to Governor Jay Inslee, Initiative 1433 is supported by a broad coalition of workers, unions, faith leaders, businesses and community organizations. The campaign has until July 8 to turn in the signatures needed to qualify.