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Fast-food workers plan nationwide strike, including Seattle

 SEATTLE — Have a hankering for a Big Mac? You may be out of luck Thursday as a nationwide fast-food worker strike is slated to hit a number of cities, including Seattle.

In a post on the AFL-CIO website, the one-day strike is part of fast-food workers ongoing battle to attain higher wages. They are requesting a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without retaliation.

The workers movement launched in November as a few walkouts that quickly gained momentum. In May, workers from a bevy of fast food restaurants around Seattle hit the picket lines, 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 walked out of their job early or took a break from work to protest.

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.

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12 Comments to “Fast-food workers plan nationwide strike, including Seattle”

    Clam said:
    August 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Wait! i have a great idea. find a better job…

    Xuven said:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Fast food never was is not and never will be ment to be a permanent family wadge job…it is ment to be a short term entry level job. If you stay in fast food as a permanent job then you are the one with the problem…. Before you say I can't afford to go to school….. Millions of dollars in grants and scholarships go unused every year because people simply don't apply for them….. So here is a novel idea …the hour after hour after hour you spend on social media, drop a few and do some real research the money is available.

    Travis said:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    If they get their way you can bet prices will go up. When my Big Mac costs 10$ ill stop going and so will many others. Ill be healthier, and they will be out of a job.
    Dear fast food worker,
    Automation will soon replace you.

    Radom me said:
    August 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I was a union worker for over ten years but fast food workers don't need to be making $15 an hour thats ridiculous
    , unfortunately the right plan of action is learning the skills for a better job

      Xuven said:
      August 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      I agree with you, but even though the vast majority of union workers put in a good honest day.. The few that only sit back and gripe how under payed they are, and use the union as protection from being fired for substandard work. A good friend of mine was the union rep at her job and had to defend people that she thought should be terminated… But she did her job and did it well…. So well that some of the people she defended ended up in prison for theft after getting out of jai the first time…. She found it reprehensible that she had to argue that they paid their debt and should get their job back.

    Anonymous said:
    August 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    How about more middle class job creation? That’s the one area of job growth that has been severely retarded following the Great Recession. Only jobs in low paying low skill or high paying high skill/experience have been created leaving way too many Millenials under or unemployed.

    John Doe said:
    August 29, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Fast food workers demanding 15 dollars an hour? What a joke.

    Tell me, why should I have to pay taxes to support the welfare state? Why should I HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR MISTAKES???

    If you cannot afford to have children, THEN DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!

    Sterilize all people on welfare. Problem solved immediately.

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