Fast food workers walked off their jobs July 29 to protest low wages and the inability to unionize. This morning, the strike is extending to East St. Louis, West County and continuing downtown later this afternoon.
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Workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Hardee's and several other restaurants are meeting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at McDonald's (588 North 24th Street, East St. Louis; 618-482-6610). Then it's on to Arch Coal (12312 Olive Boulevard) at 9:30 a.m. -- members of the United Mine Workers of America are joining the strike -- and Wendy's (14799 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-686-3741) at 11:30 a.m. There will also be a rally and march at 4:30 p.m. at Kiener Plaza (7th and Market Streets).
Yesterday Reverend Martin Rafanan of STL735, which is organizing workers in the city, told us that raising the minimum wage is just the beginning. The group is aiming for a $15-an-hour wage as well as the expansion of Medicaid and the ability to organize without fear of repercussions.
We'll update this story as it develops.