Minimum wage campaigners 'boycott McPoverty' at fast-food chains

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 7:37 PM

SEATTLE  -- The campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle spent Thursday targeting 25 fast-food burger restaurants with what it called “boycott McPoverty.”

Several dozen demonstrators marched outside a popular McDonald’s restaurant Thursday morning. A spokesman for the campaign, Sage Wilson of Working Washingto, says even the customers going inside for coffee or breakfast expressed support for low-wage workers.

Similar demonstrations were held throughout the day at four or five restaurants, and Wilson says all 25 area fast-food chains would be visited by boycott supporters, including McDonald's Burger King and Wendy's.

“They're not just teenagers living with their parents. They're 20 year old, 30 year olds, 40 year olds. I even work with a 60 year old. Most have children,” said Kyle Lynch, McDonald’s employee and protester.

The minimum wage in Washington is $9.32 an hour, the highest of any state.

Seattle McDonald's owners and operators say they're discussing raising minimum wages at their Seattle restaurants and they are not fighting wage hikes. The statement comes from Derek Morrison, spokesman for the local restaurant owners.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he does support raising Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

KING 5's Linda Brill contributed to this report.

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