US: Seattle announces plans to raise city’s minimum wage to $15, the highest in the nation, plus May Day photos

A protester walks in between buses on Second Avenue during an anti-capitalist demonstration in Seattle, Washington May 1, 2014. Hundreds marched through the streets and demonstrated late into the night on May Day, with intermittent violence and at least seven arrests made

Seattle’s lawmakers, labor leaders, and business community have banded together over a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15, the highest wage floor in the nation.

Mayor Ed Murray unveiled the proposal Thursday, showing how the city planned to slowly increase the minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 over the next three to seven years.

Individual employers would see timelines for their individual salaries to be raised dependent on the number of workers they employ and the value of their non-wage benefits.

Click on post title for more May 1 photos, including Vancouver…

Araceli Jaime dances in a traditional Aztec costume during Seattle’s 14th annual May Day march for workers and immigrant rights, in Seattle, Washington May 1, 2014. REUTERS/David Ryder

More photos of Seattle and a story at The Daily Mail.

Not to be outdone, we have some from Vancouver. Anarchist Mayhem In Vancouver: Three Pipeline Protesters Arrested!

Masked up pipeline protesters in ‘solidarity’ with the Unist’ot’en action camp

Anarchist May Day marches are a relatively new phenomenon in Vancouver, this year was the third. Last year’s parade was wild, featuring a group of masked thugs with flaming torches marching through downtown streets; and at one point, swarming the entrance of the Pidgin Restaurant (torches and all). Many people questioned Vancouver Police’s lack of reaction to the flaming torches- some predicted this could lead to an escalation.

There were no flaming torches at this year’s march, but the militancy was still there.

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But Vancouver was not colourful enough to make any of the big photo of the day collections. Try harder guys.

Turkey also made the news: Police keep Taksim Square shut by means of tear gas and water cannon

Protesters shield themselves as riot police use water cannon to disperse them during a May Day demonstration in Istanbul May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan

Pro-government Communist (L) and anarchist (R) movement demonstrators clash during May Day demonstration in Santiago, Chile May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado