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August 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM
About 100 demonstrators gathered at Westlake Center in Seattle this morning on a day they hoped would see fast-food workers walking off their jobs and demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Today’s protests are part of a national effort and were under way in cities across the country including New York, Chicago and Detroit.
UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. | At Westlake, a large cheer went up when workers were told protesters successfully closed down a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit.
Protesters said they went to three locations early this morning: a Starbucks in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue, Specialty’s Coffee in the 1000 block of Third Avenue and Top Pot Doughnuts in the 700 block of Third Avenue.
Vans were expected to take protesters to various fast-food outlets during the day while some protesters planned to focus their efforts in downtown Seattle.
Organizers say they hope that their demonstrations will build throughout the day, ending with a rally at Plymouth Pillars Park at Pike Street and Boren Avenue.
One Seattle demonstrator, David Rolf, president of SEIU, Local 775, which represents health-care workers, said it’s hard to predict exactly what would occur today, noting that demonstrations in the Seattle area three months ago were “a little viral and a little chaotic.”
Those earlier protests and demonstrations occurred at several locations in May.
Shortly after 8 a.m. today, a group of about 20 demonstrators arrived at a Subway shop at Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street downtown, and a handful of them went inside and unsuccessfully tried to get the woman behind the counter to join them.
Then outside the shop, one demonstrator spray-painted the word “Strike” on the sidewalk as the group chanted, “We want change. And we don’t mean pennies.”
Outside Columbia Center on Fourth Avenue, about 20 demonstrator were joined by two young men who said they walked off their job at Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery to participate in the strike.
“I feel like if no one stands up now, it will never happen,” said one of the men, a barista who identified himself simply as Tyler. He said he started work two weeks ago and is paid $10 an hour.
Their walkout didn’t close down the store.
At another Specialty’s, this one at Fifth Avenue and Union Street, a worker brought demonstrators a plate of sandwiches but said she could not join the group, which included her older brother.
“I feel for you guys, but I just can’t do it. I have too many bills to pay. And I love my job,” said barista Cambria McMahon, 19, who’s worked for Specialty’s for nine months. Her older brother, Garrett, 22, is one of two Specialty’s workers who joined the demonstrators an hour earlier at Columbia Center.
“It was definitely scary walking out,” he said. “But I feel if I don’t do something, countless people are going to be stuck in the same rut I am.”
Local demonstrators were expected to bring their protest to several other fast-food locations around town today.
At $9.19 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country.
Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports fast-food workers, but not the $15 hour minimum.
August 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM
Hey, pick on someone your own size: A guy in Tacoma has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly tossing his neighbor’s Chihuahua out a second-story window. On Monday, the man said someone had broken into his apartment, and he accused a neighbor. On Tuesday, a neighbor and her kids were looking for their 9-month-old puppy when they saw it being thrown out the window. They called police. The man was arrested. The pup was limping and bleeding, but is expected to be OK. The News Tribune has the details.
High sales tax: You’ll not be surprised when we tell you that Washington has the fourth highest average sales tax in the U.S., behind Tennessee (9.44 percent), Arkansas (9.18 percent) and Louisiana (8.89 percent), according to a nonpartisan national think tank. Oh, yeah, our combined average sales tax is 8.87 percent.
Smile, you’re on candid camera: Police like to say criminals aren’t too smart, and here’s a good example. The guy who robbed a Key Bank in Edmonds the other day didn’t bother with a mask or anything to hide his identity. A desperate man? Probably.
Fast-food workers will be protesting across the country today — Seattle included — seeking higher wages, as in $15 an hour. We’ll have more on this as the morning progresses. A similar protest was held back in May.
Rain again this morning, as if you didn’t know. But we did get sun by the afternoon yesterday, didn’t we? We won’t be so lucky today. Rain and showers forecast throughout the day and into tonight and tomorrow morning. It’s expected to start drying out later Friday, and Saturday looks downright sunny — not too bad.
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August 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Eight protesters were arrested at a rally of fast-food workers in downtown Seattle Thursday evening.
More than 100 people rallied at Westlake Park, marched in a circle at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Pine Street and then marched down the street to congregate in front of the McDonald’s at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street.
The demonstrators were protesting what they said was the theft of wages — having to work without breaks and overtime pay, among other things. They chanted as eight people sat in the middle of the street with their elbows linked. An estimated 20 officers from the Seattle Police Department were on hand, with the backdoors of the prisoner wagon open.
Police read two orders to disperse, and Sgt. James Dyment approached the seated cluster of protestors to explain the arrest process. When they refused to move, two officers helped each protester stand up, handcuffed them and led them to the prisoner wagon, while those in the crowd cheered.
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