SEATLLE, Wash. -

 Fast food workers are walking out of their jobs Thursday in the Seattle area to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage as part of a multi-state protest.

Organizers say demonstrations will be held by fast food restaurants like Subway, Jimmy Johns, and Wendy's. Demonstrators also protested outside Starbucks stores early Thursday.

Similar protests organized by unions and community groups in cities over the past several months have brought considerable media attention to a staple of the fast-food industry -- the so-called "McJobs" that are known for their low pay and limited prospects.

The minim wage in Washington is $9.19.