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Fast food workers crisscross Seattle protesting for higher minimum wage

SEATTLE-  About 30 fast food workers and their supporters spent Thursday morning protesting outside of the McDonald’s on Seattle’s First Hill as part of daylong “Boycott McPoverty” protests.

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Workers protest outside a McDonalds on Seattle’s First HIll

Boycott McPoverty is a day-long protest event with workers from the fast food industry pushing for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. Workers will boycott outside of 25 different fast food restaurants in Seattle throughout the day, focusing their attention McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King restaurants.

Workers around Seattle say they cannot survive on their current salaries. The current minimum wage in Washington State is $9.32, which is one of highest wages in the nation.

Jason Harvey has worked at the Burger King in Ballard for 8 years. He says an increase to $15 an hour would be life changing, and would allow him to get off Food Stamps and stop going to food banks.

Not everyone at the protest agreed with raising the minimum wage. One man, who wanted to stay anonymous said the increased wage could be a burden to business owners.

“The pressure of $15-an-hour is a burden on the small business owner,” he said.

The next boycott is set for 11:15 a.m. Workers in protesters will meet outside a Wendy’s in Lake City at 11744 Lake City Way NE, the McDonald’s in University Village at 5146 25th Ave. NE, the Burger King in Ballard at 1432 NW Market St. and the Wendy’s on 2543 Rainier Ave S.  at different time throughout the day.

6 comments

  • Kit

    If the wage is raised, the the public / the customer won't be willing to pay more for the fast food product. The food is supposed to be cheap, quick and eaten on the run.

  • The World is Ending

    Hey protesters! If you would put a portion of the effort in to working to improve yourself and get a better job that you do into protesting… Gues what you would find a job that pays more than $15 an hour, but you would rather hand your brain over to someone else and let them do your thinking for you. Someone like your new council member Sawant who would turn on you and call you all kinds of names like greedy unattached, and would even say that you don't understand how the minimum wage workers live, if you ever decided to gamble everything you have ever hope to have (like most business owners have done) and start a business, so yes in her and most of your fellow protesters you would become the bad guy because success needs to be severely punished.

  • Sadie

    they arn't doing anything that a random person pulled off the street cant do. my boyfriend makes $17 an hour and he is a welder. he does a dangerous job that could possibly make him blind or give him cancer. he took a year of school for this job. what makes them think that flipping burgers or tossing fries are worth the time and skill it takes to be a skilled worker. i want to walk up to each and every one of them and ask them "what's your skill? where is your degree? why do you deserve $15 an hour?"

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