How much should fast food workers be paid?
Fast food workers at dozens of Seattle restaurants, who are demanding better pay, went on strike Thursday. It’s already causing some of those restaurants to shut down due to lack of staffing.
The minimum wage in Washington state is $9.19 per hour. The organization “Good Jobs Seattle” says the strike is part of a nationwide effort to raise the pay for fast food workers to $15 per hour and to give them the right to organize without retaliation.
The strike is targeting Taco Bell, McDonald’s Burger King, Subway and other national chains. Good Jobs Seattle said, as of 10:30 a.m., that six stores had to close due to understaffing.
Thursday's strike is expected to culminate in a 4:30 p.m. rally at Denny Park in Seattle followed by a march to nearby fast food restaurants.
By comparison to the national chains, locally-based Dick's Drive-In says on its website that its starting wage is $10 per hour and can go up to $10.50 within three months, with shift managers and store managers earning even more. Dick's says it also offers health and dental insurance, educational scholarships and childcare assistance.