Fast-food workers embark on 8-hour march for $15 minimum wage



SEATAC, Wash. - In the continuing battle for higher wages, fast-food workers are taking their wage war from SeaTac to Seattle in an eight-hour March.

Thursday’s event is part of a nationwide walkout.

Local fast-food workers are demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Workers, activists and community supporters are meeting in front of the Hilton in SeaTac, where next year hotel workers will be paid a minimum wage of $15 an hour after the city’s Proposition 1 narrowly passed in the November election.

Organizers expect about 100 people to march 12 miles to Seattle City Hall, where council member-elect Kshama Sawant will call for a new ordinance to raise the minimum wage.

"When I see the disparity between what people that are working front counters make and what the CEOs are making, that makes me very uncomfortable and it seems not reasonable," said protester Joanne Munson.

The group met in SeaTac at 8:30 a.m. to begin their march.  They will stop for a lunch break at Brighton Playfield in Seattle at 1:30 p.m.  The final stretch starts at Hing Hay Park in Seattle’s International District at 4 p.m., and then they'll rally at Seattle City Hall at 4:30 p.m., where Sawant will speak.

Drivers along the protest route should expect delays.

Working Washington has provided a live map that follows the progress of the march.

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