Protesters demanding $15 minimum wage march to Seattle

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News and KING 5 News Staff

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

One month after voters approved an initiative to increase SeaTac's minimum wage to $15 per hour, protestors are trying to do the same in the city of Seattle.

Working Washington has organized a march and rally Thursday to put the pressure on city leaders.

The demonstrators began in SeaTac around 9 a.m. and will march for eight hours, ending at Seattle City Hall. Just after noon, the marchers cross the City of Seattle limits.

The marchers are demanding the city council pass a $15 minimum wage quickly or they will introduce an initiative to put it before Seattle voters.

This is just one part of a nationwide day of strikes and protests to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize without retaliation. In 100 U.S. cities, minimum wage workers plan to walk off their jobs in protest.

The Seattle march is set to include newly elected city councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a self-proclaimed socialist who says she will speak about the need for a city ordinance for $15 per hour in 2014.

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