SEATTLE — Workers from a bevy of fast food restaurants around Seattle hit the picket lines Thursday, joining a citywide protest against workers’ lack of living wage and the right to organize.
Fast food workers from Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and other national fast-food outlets located throughout the city walked out of their job early or took a break from work to protest Thursday.
The workers united under a call to “Strike Poverty — Raise Seattle,” hoping to build a sustainable future for fast food and other low-wage workers, officials said. The movement is part of Good Jobs Seattle, an organization hoping to turn poverty-wage jobs in all industries into viable, decent paying careers.
According to Good Jobs Seattle, the median hourly wage for food service workers is $9.50 an hour, one of the lowest-wage jobs in the city. Fast-food workers also only work an average of 24 hours a week.
Picketers for fast-food restaurants launched their effort late last night at a Ballard Taco Bell. Picketers at a Lake City Burger King walked out en masse Thursday morning, forcing management to close the restaurant.
A major rally was planned for 4:30 p.m. at Denny Park. Other picketing locations included:
- 6:30 am: Lake City: Burger King, 14340 15th Ave NE, Seattle
- 9:30 am: University District: Taco del Mar, 1313 NE 42nd St, Seattle
- 10:30 am: SoDo/Georgetown: Strike lines hit multiple fast-food outlets in the area. Workers will converge at Arby’s at 601 S. Michigan St., Seattle
- 11:30 am: Capitol Hill: Strike lines expand to multiple fast-food outlets in Capitol Hill, including Chipotle, Subway, and Qdoba. Workers will converge at East Pine Street and Broadway.
For more information on the strikes, click here.