Labor organizers target Seattle fast food outlets

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SEATTLE — A labor walkout Thursday forced at least one fast-food restaurant in Seattle to close.

KOMO reports a sign in a Burger King restaurant said it had to shut down because it was understaffed.

An organization called Good Jobs Seattle says dozens of national fast food outlets in the city were targeted as part of a national campaign seeking pay of at least $15 an hour.

The median hourly wage for food service workers is $9.50 an hour in the Seattle metro area, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 33,000 people work in fast food in the Seattle metro area, according to Census figures.

Good Jobs Seattle also planned an afternoon rally at Denny Park and a march to nearby fast food locations.