A year ago, $15 was just a number on fast food strikers’ picket signs. Today it’s set to become reality for 100,000 Seattle workers. Here’s how we got there. May 2, 2013
On the Edge: A Poverty-Wage Story Slam Seattle workers share their stories about living on poverty wages, and hear from a New York fast food worker who joined the first fast food strike there.
May 21, 2013
Protests at Alaska Airlines Shareholders Meeting Community leaders join airport workers to tell Alaska Airlines executives why the dominant airline at Sea-Tac Airport needs to ensure the workers serving their customers are paid a living wage.
May 30, 2013
Fast food workers Strike Poverty Hundreds of fast food workers with Working Washington launch a citywide strike for $15 and the right to organize, forcing several restaurants to close. This is the first time the call for $15 was heard on the streets of Seattle.
June 5, 2013
SeaTac Initiative goes to the ballot Airport workers & community supporters file signatures to bring Proposition 1 to the ballot. The SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative includes a $15 minimum wage for transportation and hospitality workers in & around the airport.
June 15, 2013
Low Wage Worker Mayoral Candidates Forum Fast food and other low wage workers asked questions of all nine candidates for Seattle mayor, helping bring the issue of our poverty-wage economy to the center of political debate.
July 25, 2013
Fast food workers file criminal wage theft complaints Several fast food workers filed criminal wage theft complaints. The city has a strong wage theft law, but to date no criminal charges have been filed.
August 2, 2013
Workers arrested in civil disobedience over wage theft Low wage workers and community allies engaged in civil disobedience outside a downtown McDonald’s to highlight the epidemic of wage theft in the fast food industry
August 29, 2013
National fast food strikes for $15 Fast food workers strike for $15 in Seattle and more than 50 other cities across the US, demonstrating that the fast food workers movement has gone national.
September 23, 2013
Community begins boycott of Subway in response to retaliation Workers & community supporters launched rolling boycotts of Subway restaurants after a leader in the fast food movement was fired in retaliation for organizing. (The National Labor Relations Board eventually found in the worker’s favor.)
November 5, 2013
SeaTac voters pass Proposition 1 Voters pass SeaTac Proposition 1, which includes a $15 minimum wage for workers in and around the airport.
December 5, 2013
Workers march all day long to bring $15 from SeaTac to Seattle Fast food workers lead a day-long, nearly 15 mile long march in freezing-cold temperatures to bring $15 from SeaTac to its next destination: Seattle.
February 6, 2014
Fast food workers meet with Seattle City Councilmembers
Fast food workers meet with Seattle City Councilmembers and share their stories of how a $15 minimum wage would change their lives.
February 20, 2014
Seattle boycotts McPoverty Fast food workers call for a one day citywide “big burger boycott” and picket outside stores. Consumers support $15 by staying away from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King.
April 23, 2014
$15 for Seattle supporters surround City Hall Supporters of a $15 minimum wage show the breadth of the movement by physically surrounding the entire block of Seattle City Hall.
May 15, 2014
Fast food strikes go global Workers in over 150 cities across the planet join the first-ever coordinated global strikes in support of living wages for low wage workers. In Seattle, workers from Target and IHOP walk out and join the movement.
June 2, 2014
City Council passes $15 for Seattle Seattle workers make history when the Seattle City Council passes a $15 minimum wage, lifting up 100,000 low-wage workers.