Minimum Wage
10:28 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Walk Out In Seattle, Protesting Wages

Fast food workers have begun striking in Seattle this morning. According to organizers, strike lines will take place at several coffee spots around the downtown area.

Juanita Porter is one of those workers on the picket lines. She’s a mother of three and earns minimum wage working at a Taco Bell in Shoreline.

"I'm behind on my rent, my lights just got turned off, I had to ask somebody to borrow some money, I don't know when I’ll be able to pay that back," Porter said. "So it’s like, it’s crazy, I shouldn’t have to do that. I should be able to work and get paid without having to go borrow from somebody else or sit here and wait until my next check comes so I can pay the rest of my rent."

The strikes are a part of a movement called Good Jobs Seattle that’s calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage. It's in conjunction with other strikes happening around the country today. Workers are calling attention to issues surrounding higher living wages and fair treatment.

Striking workers plan to picket around various fast food locations throughout the day today in Seattle.