INFORMATION FOR MEDIA
Final media advisory on Boycott McPoverty
Major boycott lines during breakfast, lunch, and dinner across the city, with presence at all 25 big burger outlets in Seattle
Sage Wilson, Working Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org
3:30 pm update:
After boycott lines across the city, 100+ rally for $15 at 3rd & Pine McDonald's as workers from the store address crowd
The astroturf anti-boycott pro-McPoverty effort failed to make an appearance anywhere, but 100+ supporters rallied this afternoon outside the 3rd & Pine McDonald's. Speakers addressing the crowd included two workers from that very stores who were brave enough to speak out right there:
* Brittany Phelps, McDonald's (3rd & Pine)
* Malcolm Cooper-Suggs, McDonald's (3rd & Pine)
* Kshama Sawant, City Councilmember
* Estuardo Mejia, Casa Latina, on their $15/hour day labor rate
* David Rolf, President of SEIU 775 NW & co-chair of the mayor's Income Inequality Task Force
10:30 am update:
Lunch boycott lines from Lake City to Mt Baker after morning boycott line grinds First Hill McDonald's breakfast business to a virtual halt
1:15 rally at 3rd & Pine McDonald's
It was not a typical morning at the First Hill McDonald’s, which recently won an award for doing more breakfast business than any other McDonald's in the area. Dozens of fast food workers and supporters rallied outside the burger outlet during a morning boycott line, grinding breakfast business to a virtual standstill and offering a powerful kickoff to today's citywide Boycott McPoverty event. More info...
Boycott McPoverty Big burger chain fact sheet, including info on Seattle burger chain franchisees. (PDF)
Preview photos of boycott signs, flyers, posters, etc.
Map of all 25 big burger chain locations.
Former SeaTac City Councilmember Rick Forschler has organized a pro-poverty wage, anti-boycott call to eat extra fast food this week.
5/30/2013: First Seattle fast food strikes
8/2/2013: Eight arrests in civil disobedience over fast food wage theft
8/29/2013: National Seattle fast food strikes
11/5/2013: Election Day marks victories for pro-$15 candidates Kshama Sawant and Ed Murray, and landmark success of $15 initiative in SeaTac
12/5/2013: Day-long march for $15 from SeaTac to Seattle.
2/6/2014: Fast food workers meet with city councilmembers and ask for support of Boycott McPoverty
2/20/2014: Boycott McPoverty hits big burger chain outlets across the city.