About 100 fast-food workers and supporters rallied at an overlook park above Interstate 90 over the noon hour Wednesday as part of an effort to bring the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage from Seattle to Bellevue.
The group was heading across Lake Washington on the I-90 bridge in early afternoon, with plans to rally again briefly at Enatai Park in Bellevue about 2:45 p.m. before dividing up to stage protests at fast food locations in Factoria, Eastgate and the Bellevue Square area about 4:30 p.m., according to a spokesman for Working Washington, a union-backed group organizing the protest.
The City of Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage in June that will be phased in over seven years. Backers of that pay boost, including several local unions and advocates for low-wage workers, are now taking the campaign to the Eastside and hoping to engage residents and elected officials there in a debate over raising the minimum wage.
Working Washington said the day’s events will culminate in a rally and civil disobedience in Bellevue at Main Street and Bellevue Way Southeast. More details were not disclosed.