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$15 minimum wage supporters now marching from SeaTac to Seattle

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage plan are marching their way up from SeaTac, where voters narrowly passed a measure for an increase, to Seattle's City Hall. (AP)
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Supporters of a $15 minimum wage plan are marching their way from SeaTac, where voters narrowly passed a measure for an increase, to Seattle City Hall.

"It's going to be all day long in the tradition of marches for social justice struggles. We'll be landing at Seattle City Hall at 4:30pm," said organizer Sage Wilson.

The march, organized by Working Washington, is an effort to generate support for a $15 minimum wage in the city of Seattle.

"You start in one small area and then you fight for it and people see that, they take example from it and it grows," said one marcher.

"Real median incomes are flat, at best, over the last generation at least, while the top tier is booming - as we see in Seattle and King County," Wilson told KIRO Radio. "We certainly have a robust economy and we're growing a robust top tier but there are still thousands and thousands of people who are being left behind. This march and this whole movement is a way of these people saying, 'No, we deserve to be lifted out over poverty, and the economy needs it, too.'"

"I don't know what you've been told, these low wages are getting old," chanted about 100 demonstrators who got police escorts along their route on arterials from the airport to downtown Seattle.

The challenges for the minimum wage initiative are not quite over. Alaska Airlines and others have filed a lawsuit trying to get it thrown out.

March schedule:

9:00-brief program at SeaTac Hilton Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac
9:30-march departs, heading north on International Blvd
10:30-marchers pass Abu Bakr Mosque, 14101 International Blvd, Tukwila
11:40-marchers enter Seattle city limits (Boeing Access Rd & MLK)
12:00-marchers reach MLK Way S & S Henderson St
1:00-lunch en route - northwest corner of Brighton Playfield (6000 39th Ave S)
1:20-march continues
2:30-Marchers reach Rainier & MLK
4:00-Supporters gathered at Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave S) join march at Jackson & Maynard
4:30-Rally at City Hall (600 4th Ave)

"We know that increasing pay for workers works. There's a minimum wage standard at a lot of other West Coast airports," said Wilson.

Common Sense SeaTac has announced it will request a recount from King County.

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