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Workers walked off the job at IHOP on Capitol Hill Thursday morning.

SEATTLE — Fast food workers around the city plan to walk out of their job in protest Thursday morning, again rallying behind a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Workers from the IHOP in the 900 block of E Madison walked off the job around 7 a.m. and joined others marchers at Cal Anderson Park to march for an increased minimum wage. Activities and marchers started at 6:30 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park and were expected to end at 4 p.m. at Westlake Park. Exact strike and walkout locations have not yet been announced.

The workers protested as a call for a higher wage in Seattle, and as part of a “global movement” to call on corporations across the country to pay $15 an hour, leaders of the advocacy group Working Washington said.

Fast food workers in Seattle have staged previous strikes on May 30 and Aug. 29, 2013.


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  • Ted

    Good luck people. It’s going to be to be tough. The corporations have been firmly entrenched for a long time. The great american, corporate money grab continues.

    • SGTRena

      You do know we don't have a tipping wage in Washington, right? The servers at IHOP make, not only, one of the highest minimum wages in the country, but they also get tips. Hardly the group you should be lauding for their "efforts".

  • Jake

    The increase for minimum wage is only going to increase the cost of living in Seattle. People who receive the increase in minimum wage will only benefit from it if they live outside of Seattle. My personal opinion on this matter is that minimum wage jobs shouldn't be something that people work at for multiple years. If a person works at McDonalds for more than 8+ years, and require the minimum wage to live, he or she really needs to reconsider their life decisions.Take some loans, cut back on spontaneous spendings, get a higher education, find a real job. I find it bogus that someone who works a minimal wage job would be able to come close to making income to someone with some form of higher education or actual job experience. Minimum wage work should be something that you use temporarily, a stepping stone, not a career.

  • El Gato

    What these people don't understand is that the minimum wage is not meant to be a living wage.
    It is like a foundation on a house. Raise the foundation and everything above it raises also. Instead of marching and chanting their time would be better spent educating themselves so they can get a better job.

  • Slam1263

    And IHOP will no longer pay servers $9.75, they'll pay $2.85 to the servers, since they get tips.

    Excuse me, I need to send someone over to that IHOP, they look like they need some new employees.

    HAHA! I just looked at the pic again, where are the protesters? Most of the people in the picture appear to be media types. There are only about 10 signs holders, and the rest is just an addled mob.

    • The World is Ending

      Except here in WA the minimum wage is $9.32 per hour even for tipped employees, so if you are being paid less make a call to L & I

  • asdf

    let me just go ahead and say it- YOUR WORK IS NOT WORTH $15 an HOUR sorry to burst your easy job bubble but screw your self's if you think $15 min wage is a good idea your not worth the time it takes to spell it out for you.

    • sv1g

      I agree with you. If you want to make a decent wage, learn a skill! You need to better yourselves, people. Nobody have ever made a living wage at a fast food job. It's just that people 20 or 30 years ago didn't feel ENTITLED to more than they are worth. Nothing wrong with doing what they do, they just shouldn't feel entitled to make as much money as someone who got an education to better their career.

    • pat

      Your correct. most fast food workers in my area cant do simple math. If the register wont designate the correct change, your sol.

  • MrRonKennedy

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but going out on "Strike" is a union thing. These folks are "walking off the job", that's a different thing isn't it? I'm also pretty sure Washington is an "at will" state isn't it? It would really suck if some of these folks came back to NO JOB. I know a TON of high-school students that would JUMP at the chance to work this summer even for minimum wage.

  • Mama

    WOW! What are they complaining about? Try working fast food here in ALASKA… our min wage is $7.75Hr. and the C.O.L is WAY more then the lower 48!
    Nobody here is protesting… guess they are just GRATEFUL to have a JOB!

  • Jim C

    So because you're too stupid to get an education or learn a trade and are forced to stay in a menial job everyone else has to pay more? Here is an idea – stop making babies you can't afford. Tired of people whining about choice they make as if we all need to pay for their mistakes.

    If I owned any of these places, I would fire anyone who walked out, that will open up some jobs for people who want them.

  • Ethan Fineout

    bunch of entitled a-holes. No, not the workers. I mean the people who somehow are threatened by low wage workers making a halfway decent wage. The workers aren’t the problem here