Fast-food workers protest around Seattle against wage theft

by: Jeff Dubois Updated:


SEATTLE - Dozens of fast-food workers demonstrated throughout Seattle Thursday to fight back against what they say is wage theft.

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They started in North Seattle at 7 a.m. by filling a Burger King restaurant with demonstrators and talked to the employees about wage theft.

Organized by a local labor activist group, Working Washington, the fast-food workers claim restaurants are stealing their money.

Wage theft could include requiring employees to work after they've clocked out, making them skip breaks, and not paying time-and-a-half for overtime hours. Working Washington claims fast-food workers lose as much as $100,000 a week in wage theft by their employers.

On Thursday afternoon, workers started marching in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park. They made their way from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street to a gathering at the McDonald’s on Third Avenue.

Chopper 7 flew over the march, which backed traffic up traffic by about eight blocks.

During the demonstration, Seattle officers ordered the people participating to move. 

Demonstrators also protested at the Lake City Burger King, a North Seattle Starbucks, a Taco Bell in Ballard and a Subway restaurant.