SEATTLE – On a frigid morning, the marchers gathered in SeaTac, where voters already approved raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The demonstrators want the same thing in Seattle, so they hit the road for the 14-mile march into the city Thursday. They also protested inside a Wendy’s in Seattle’s Central District.
“I’m out here for me, my family, my children,” said Crystal Thompson, who works at Domino’s for $9.19 an hour.
Thompson said she can barely get by on her pay, and that $15 an hour would change her family’s life.
“It would pay the bills, buy us some clothes, and buy us food,” said Thompson.
Another fast-food worker, Karl Bologh, joined the march. Balogh, said he works nearly 70 hours a week at Arby’s and McDonald’s, and earns just enough to get by.
After the ‘yes’ vote on the wage initiative in the city of SeaTac, Bolog, and the other demonstrators believe their cause has momentum.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour insist Seattle businesses simply can’t afford it.
But the protesters aren’t buying it and they took their fight to the streets, for more then six hours on the long march to Seattle.