Seattle fast food worker strike shuts down restaurants

Seattle fast food worker strike shuts down restaurants

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Fast food workers go on strike in Seattle, May 30, 2013. It's part of a nationwide push to raise worker pay above the poverty level and to have the right to organize without retaliation.

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Fast food workers at dozens of Seattle restaurants, who are demanding better pay, are going on strike Thursday. It’s already causing some of those restaurants to shut down due to lack of staffing.

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.

Today’s work action 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.

Poll: How much should fast food workers be paid?

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