STL Can't Survive On $7.35

Minimum Wage Protests
3:36 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

In Sleet And Cold, Workers Continue Push for $15 Minimum Wage

Fast food workers and their supporters march in Midtown to start a day of protests for a higher minimum wage.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

 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."

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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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Business
3:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'STL Can't Survive on $7.35' Campaign Continues With Rally At Jimmy John's

Olivia Roffle speaks with a woman about unfair employee treatment practices.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and community supporters passed out flyers at Jimmy John’s in Soulard today in the continuing fight for better wages and the right to unionize as part of the STL Can’t Survive on 7.35 campaign.

The flyers were passed out in the parking lot of the restaurant around Noon and called for better managerial treatment and higher wages.

Olivia Roffle is a college student who works at another fast food restaurant. She says that if Jimmy John’s wants better service, then they need to create a welcoming environment.

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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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