Challenge to Sustainable Wages Act Defeated in Courts



The motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Joe Bader against Elevate Flagstaff has been granted. The lawsuit, case number CV2017-0031 in the Superior Court for the State of Arizona in and for the County of Coconino, has been dismissed with a ruling that Mr. Bader did not have standing to bring this action in this case.
The ruling ensures that The Sustainable Wages Act will be on the ballot in November 2018 and the citizens of Flagstaff will have a chance to vote on it. If passed, the ballot measure will alter the Flagstaff City Code to require employers in Flagstaff to pay their employees at least the minimum hourly wage as imposed by state law with an additional fifty cents per hour. Tipped wages will remain intact. This means that, given current state laws, the minimum wage in Flagstaff would gradually increase to $12.50 per hour by 2022.
Mr. Bader (husband to Flagstaff City Councilmember Eva Putzova) intended to prevent the Sustainable Wages Act ballot initiative from being presented to voters. The Sustainable Wages Act is a voter-led initiative which collected nearly 6,000 signatures in a six week period of time last winter. This initiative will prevent Flagstaff from having the highest minimum wage laws in the country.

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