Mary Albert | St. Louis Public Radio

Mary Albert

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18 2011 - At least 300 people turned out Thursday afternoon for a rally at Kiener Plaza, followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Bridge, as part of a national call to action by labor and progressive groups, as well as beleaguered Occupy activists.

"We are here to let Wall Street and Market Street and Main Street and every other street know that we are not going away until justice comes," said the Rev. Mary Albert, one of several speakers at the Kiener event in downtown St. Louis.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Community activists and labor interests in Missouri are getting an early start on combating efforts next year to cap the state’s minimum wage and turn Missouri into a right-to-work state.

Lawmakers failed to freeze the state’s minimum wage during this year’s session, and the right-to-work issue only got a few hours of debate with no vote.