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.