Friday, December 6, 2013

Show Me $15: Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay at McDonald's, Domino's (PHOTOS)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Fast food workers strike across St. Louis. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Fast food workers strike across St. Louis.

St. Louis fast food workers braved the cold Thursday to join a 100-city strike, protesting outside McDonalds, Arby's, Domino's Pizza and Rally's for higher wages and the right to unionize.

Fast food workers strike inside a McDonalds. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Fast food workers strike inside a McDonalds.

The strikes started a year ago in New York and have swept across the nation as fast food workers ask for a pay increase to $15 per hour. In St. Louis, the campaign has adopted the name "Show Me $15."

See more photos: Show Me $15 Fast Food Workers Rally

"Our country's fastest growing jobs are also the lowest paid, slowing the economy and hurting our local economy," Show Me $15 says in a statement about the December 5 protests. "While the fast food industry is making record profits, its workers are forced to rely on public assistance -- to the tune of 7 billion taxpayer dollars each year -- just to afford the basics."

See also: St. Louis Fast-Food Workers Protest for Better Pay, Right to Organize

Show Me $15 calculates the median salary for St. Louis' 36,000 fast food workers to be around $8.71.

JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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