WEDNESDAY: Local fast food workers declare "I-90 is now WA-$15"; to rally, risk arrest

"I-90 is now WA-$15": fast food movement expands beyond Seattle

Workers willing to do "whatever it takes" — including risking arrest in peaceful civil disobedience — to defend and expand $15/hour

Fast food workers with Working Washington are taking their movement beyond Seattle and across the state — and declaring that I-90 is now WA-$15 to mark the occasion.

Who: Fast food workers with Working Washington who rose up and won $15 for Seattle

What: Rally, march, and even risk arrest to defend and expand the movement they're building to end poverty wages

When & Where: TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

11:00 am: Announcement and kick off: McDonald's (First Hill): 1122 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104. Workers and community supporters will announce their plans to take bold action to defend Seattle's $15 law and expand their movement to strike poverty across the state.

12:00 pm: Rally in view of WA-$15 (formerly known as I-90) and Lake Washington East Portal Viewpoint Park: 1400 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98144. (Closest vehicle access at S Irving St & 35th Ave S ) The park offers a view of WA-$15 (formerly known as I-90), Bellevue, and beyond.

For additional details, contact Sage Wilson, Working Washington:

I-90 is now WA-$15

More information:

Multiple events are planned throughout the day Wednesday, until approximately 6:30 pm. Local fast food workers have pledged to do whatever it takes — including acts of peaceful civil disobedience — to defend and expand our $15/hour victory in the face of an aggressive campaign by big business groups desperate to turn back the clock on history.

Before the first raises under Seattle's minimum wage law have even taken effect, it’s already under attack by corporate interests. The International Franchise Association, a DC lobby group for global franchise systems, has filed a legal case to try and take our $15 away, because they think it isn't fair to McDonald’s. And initiative profiteer Tim Eyman is currently trying to raise $1 million for a ballot campaign to attempt to repeal our law.

These corporations can see that the tide is turning, and they're trying desperately to turn it back.

That's exactly why fast food workers with Working Washington have committed to do whatever it takes to protect our victory in Seattle, and expand the strike poverty movement to workers across the state & across the country.

More details to come.


Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington,

Working Washington unites low-wage workers to fight for a fair economy where everyone can support themselves, afford the basics, and contribute to the economy. We launched the fast food strikes that sparked the fight for $15 in Seattle; we helped lead the successful campaign to pass $15 in SeaTac; and we work in coalition with unions, faith groups, and grassroots organizations to hold corporations & politicians accountable to community needs.