About 100 fast food workers and their supporters braved sleet squalls Thursday morning to join a nationwide protest seeking a boost in the federal minimum wage.
"I'm reminded of what happened during the Civil Rights movement," Ronald Bobo, the pastor at Westside Missionary Baptist Church, told the crowd as they gathered outside the Jack in the Box at 4111 Lindell Blvd. It wasn't the old people who made the difference. It was the young people. You can make a difference. Don't give up, don't give in, don't be intimidated."
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.
Hundreds of thousands of American workers are paid the minimum wage. It’s $7.25 nationally and $7.35 in St. Louis. While the perception may be that minimum and low wage jobs are mostly held by teens, the vast majority, 75 percent, are adults over the age of 20.
Recent local news reports have highlighted protests by minimum wage earners. They are demanding that their pay be nearly doubled. The campaign is called “St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35.”
Missouri's minimum wage will rise by a dime to $7.35 an hour in 2013.
For the past several years, Missouri has followed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's because the federal rate was equal to or greater than the state's minimum, which is adjusted annually based on the cost of living.
But inflation has now pushed Missouri's minimum wage above the federal standard. The new wage is posted on the website of the state labor department.
The legal fight between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the union that represents prisons workers continues this week.
Quinn had wanted the prisons closed by last Friday. Instead that day an arbitrator said the administration violated its contract with the prison workers' union by moving to close the facilities before they'd finished what's called "impact bargaining."
Union spokesman Anders Lindall says impact bargaining doesn't only affect employees facing layoffs.
Ill. parents reminded about back-to-school vaccines
Illinois health and education officials are reminding parents to update their children's immunizations before they head back to school.
New Illinois Department of Public Health rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this year to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. That's a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
A judge has upheld the ballot summary of a proposed initiative asking voters to raise the state's minimum wage.
Missouri currently follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, because the state minimum wage would be lower. The proposed ballot initiative would raise the state minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, with an annual adjustment for inflation.