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Economy
4:26 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Testify On The Public Cost Of Low Wages

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.
(Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Economy
4:01 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Report On 'Public Cost Of Low-Wage Jobs' Sparks Response In St. Louis

Minister Martin Rafanan stands next to the oversized check for $7 billion dollars that represented the amount that taxpayers have to pay to support public assistance programs that are used by many fast food workers.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers and supporters held a press conference today in response to a recent report from the University of California-Berkeley.

The report stated that the low wages of fast-food workers cost the public $7 billion a year in public assistance.

Gathered in front of an area McDonald’s, employees took turns talking about their experiences struggling to raise families and covering medical costs on their salaries.

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Economy
4:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Stage Walkout In Demonstration For Better Wages

Protestors chanted and carried signs inside the McDonald's on South Broadway and urged employees to walk out with them.
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis fast food workers were on the streets today for a second round of protests to raise wages and form a union.

Supporters carried signs and chanted both in and outside of McDonald’s on South Broadway and encouraged employees to walk out and join them in the strike. Reverend Martin Rafanan says that fast food workers and participants are more prepared on this second go around.

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