Fast Food

Economy & Innovation
5:38 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join Strikes Around U.S.

St. Louis area fast food workers will travel to other cities to strike in demand of higher wages the right to join the union. It is part of an ongoing series of strikes, including this strike in south St. Louis earlier this summer.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Many St. Louis fast food workers will walk off the job Thursday as part of a national call for a $15-an-hour wage and for union rights.

National organizers behind #StrikeFastFood say workers in more than 100 cities will strike, but St. Louis workers won’t be picketing here.

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Minimum Wage Debate
6:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour

Fast-food workers protested outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis as part of an international strike pushing for higher wages.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers around the globe and in St. Louis went on strike Thursday. Workers, wearing black T-shirts that say "Show Me $15," rallied in front of a Wendy's in south St. Louis. The workers are asking for $15 an hour, about double what many workers currently receive. 

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Minimum Wage
3:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Group Presents Minimum Wage Petitions To Sen. Blunt's Office

Shnette Hooker (L) talks with Allison Dreith of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition in Clayton. The two dropped off petitions to Sen. Roy Blunt's office in Clayton in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Raising the minimum wage would be a big help for people like Shnette Hooker, an employee at a McDonald’s in Spanish Lake. Hooker said, it would allow people “to save a little money,” “take care of their kids” and “get off the assistance that everybody is on.” 

But more than just that, Hooker said boosting the minimum wage is a matter of fairness.

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Business
4:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'STL Can't Survive On 7.35' Campaign Continues Rally For Change

Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church's Chicken, marched in solidarity with the campaign. She makes $8.50 an hour and says she doesn't receive additional pay for overtime.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and supporters donned ponchos and held signs today as they rallied for change in the Central West End as part of the STL Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign.

Protesters marched between Arby’s, McDonald’s, and Domino’s Pizza as they seek a pay increase for employees to $15 an hour and the right to unionize without backlash.

One of the protesters was Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church’s Chicken who makes $8.50 an hour. She didn’t tell her manager she wouldn’t be at work, but isn’t worried about the repercussions.

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