Minister Martin Rafanan stands next to the oversized check for $7 billion that represented the amount that taxpayers have to pay to support public assistance programs that are used by many fast food workers at a protest on October 15th.
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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones (right) thanks fast food workers for testifying at today's hearing.
St. Louis leaders, advocates and fast-food workers met today at City Hall to discuss how low wages impact fast-food workers and taxpayers.
The hearing was organized by Jobs with Justice’s Workers’ Rights Board and featured testimony from workers about the realities of living with low wages. Several of them spoke about how, despite their work, they still rely on government programs to get by.