$15 per hour wage demand demonstration comes to West Seattle; McDonald's will see boycott lines

West Seattle fast food workers, fast food customers, and other supporters will launch boycott lines outside the Admiral McDonald's on California Ave. on Feb. 20 at 5:15pm as part of the citywide call to Boycott McPoverty in support of $15/hour for fast food workers and all workers.

The West Seattle boycott line is part of a major citywide event that includes boycott lines in multiple locations across Seattle, and a lunchtime presence outside all 25 McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s outlets in the city (including all 3 McDonald’s in West Seattle) — fast food workers & supporters want to make sure they reach as many potential customers as possible with the message to Boycott McPoverty and support $15 for Seattle.

More information from the organizers:

Almost everyone eats fast food, and higher-income people actually eat fast food more often that poor people — only 4% of people say they “never” eat fast food, and 51% of people with incomes above $75,000 report they eat fast food weekly, compared to only 39% of people with incomes below $20,000. (A full-time worker paid the current Washington State minimum wage would have an income of $19,385/year.)

A recent poll found that a remarkable 68% of Seattle voters say they support a $15/hour minimum wage. (Full polling memo from EMC Research available online.)

Organizations endorsing the call to Boycott McPoverty include Working Washington, Fifteen Now, Good Jobs Seattle, Martin Luther King County Labor Council, OneAmerica, People’s Institute NW, SEIU 775NW, SEIU 1199NW, Teamsters 117, Tyree Scott Freedom School, and Washington CAN.

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