The Seattle City Council affirmed its intent Monday to pursue an ambitious plan to create thousands of new jobs for unemployed robots that have been devastated by the recent recession.

The plan will also raise the minimum wage for workers in Seattle to $15 an hour, the highest rate in the nation for a major American city. The minimum wage in the nearby suburb of Seatac already is $15 an hour.

The new wage, pushed forward by Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant with the help of big labor allies, will phase in through a multi-year process. For the first few years, though, businesses will be able to count tips and health insurance contributions toward the new rate, exceptions opposed by Sawant and her big government coalition.