After an employee walked off the job last night at a Ballard Taco Bell (the restaurant closed two hours early due to short staffing, The Stranger reports), Seattle is facing citywide strikes today at dozens of chains including Burger King, McDonald's, Subway and Arby's.
Fast food workers have launched the "Good Jobs Seattle" movement, which calls for a $15 per hour wage for employees and the right to organize without retaliation. The strikes are part of a larger movement across the country that has spread from New York to Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Here is a timeline of today's events, including a major rally and march through Denny Park:
6:30 am: Lake City: Burger King, 14340 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
9:30 am: University District: Taco del Mar, 1313 NE 42nd St, Seattle, WA 98105
10:30 am: SoDo/Georgetown: Strikelines hit multiple fast food outlets in the area. Workers will converge at Arby’s at 601 S Michigan, Seattle, WA 98108
11:30 am: Capitol Hill: Strikelines expand to multiple fast food outlets in Capitol Hill, including Chipotle, Subway, and Qdoba. Workers will converge at East Pine & Broadway.
Major rally and march:
4:30 pm: Denny Park (100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109), followed by a march to nearby fast food locations, including McDonald’s.
What do you think? Is $15 an acceptable hourly wage for fast food jobs?