Local fast food workers pledge civil disobedience to defend and expand $15 an hour
Workers commit to take bold action Wednesday, September 10th
Local fast food workers are pledging 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.
Who: Fast food workers with Working Washington who rose up and won $15 for Seattle
What: Risk arrest to defend and expand the movement they’re building to end poverty wages
When: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 11 am. Workers and community supporters will announce plans to take bold action that day to defend Seattle’s $15 law and expand their movement to strike poverty.
Where: Plans for the day will be announced at McDonald’s (First Hill), 1122 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104. The First Hill McDonald’s has been the site of several other key pickets, boycotts, and rallies during the $15 campaign, most recently launching the May 2014 global fast food strikes when the entire late shift walked off the job.
Before the first raises under Seattle’s minimum wage law have even taken effect, $15 an hour is 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 more than $1 million for a ballot campaign to attempt to repeal our law.
These corporations and their allies can see that the tide is turning, and they’re trying desperately to turn it back — despite growing evidence that raising wages is actually goodfor the economy.
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 in the days ahead.
Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.