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Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.
The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate. Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.
Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater." DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.
Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.
For a second day local fast food workers are expected to walk off their jobs at major national chains like Wendy’s, Hardee’s, and Domino’s. They are pushing for higher wages, better working conditions and the right to form a union.
"Workers at Jimmy Johns in Soulard say they want a livable wage of $15 dollars an hour. That includes Rasheen Aldridge who says pay isn't the only issue - management often humiliates the employees when they do something wrong.
Jimmy Johns is known for their slogan "subs so fast you'll freak." Aldridge says that when employees lag behind, they have to hold signs reading "I don't make sandwiches fast enough." Reporting from Soulard, Michael Golde, KTRS News"
Several hours later, several employees walked off the job at a Florissant McDonalds. Similar protests have taken place in New York and Chicago.