Fast food workers have launched strikelines across the city today, forcing three restaurants to close as the workers walked out, echoing the national call for a living wage of $15 and the right to organize without retaliation. While the top tier of Seattle's economy may be booming, thousands of us are being left behind. Even though companies we work for make millions in profits, fast food workers are paid so little that we can't even afford the basics— like food, rent, repairs, and taking care of our families.
Paying us a better wage will be better for our families and our futures. Better pay for workers like us also let us contribute more to the local economy, and that benefits everyone.
We're on strike today because we can't sustain our future — or Seattle's future — on poverty wage jobs.