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Marchers demanding higher minimum wage head to Seattle City Hall

About 150 marchers were escorted down the right lane of Tukwila International Boulevard Thursday morning on their way from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall. - Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter
About 150 marchers were escorted down the right lane of Tukwila International Boulevard Thursday morning on their way from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall.
— image credit: Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

Marchers demanding a $15 minimum wage are bringing their message to the public during an eight-hour march from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall.

The march started at about 9 a.m. at the SeaTac Hilton. SeaTac voters narrowly approved a $15 minimum wage for workers at Sea-Tac Airport and in the nearby hospitallity industry.

In Tukwila the 150 or so marchers were escorted down Tukwila International Boulevard by Tukwila Police offers in cars and on bikes and bicycle officers from the King County Sheriff's Office.

The officers stopped traffic at intersections to allow the marchers to keep moving as they walked through Tukwila.

Sage Wilson with Good Jobs Seattle said the marchers received a lot of supportive honks.

"The police have been helpful to make sure everyone is safe," he said by cell phone, as the marchers took a break to warm up in buses.

He expected the number of marchers would grow as the marchers enter Seattle and have lunch at about 1 p.m. Thursday at Seattle's Brighton Playfield.

The ultimate goal is Seattle City Hall, where the markers will rally at about 4:30 p.m.

Good Jobs Seattle explains that it "is a growing movement which seeks to build a sustainable future for Seattle’s economy from the middle out — by turning poverty-wage jobs in fast food and other industries into good jobs that offer opportunities for a better future and pay enough for workers to afford basic necessities like food, clothing and rent."

 

 

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