Organized Labor Is Making Noise

Fast-food workers rally outside St. Louis restaurants in May. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Fast-food workers rally outside St. Louis restaurants in May. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Union members in Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia and around the country have taken to the streets in support of nonunion, low-wage workers, particularly in the fast-food industry.

Twice this summer and again last week, unions have put their organizing expertise and funds into a collective campaign to help stage fast-food employee walkouts, rallies and marches through city streets. The low-wage organizing campaign gives a different feel to this Labor Day compared with recent years, when an overriding theme was the dwindling authority of organized labor in the American labor market. Low-wage workers are fertile organizing ground, according to a professor in the Worker Education and Labor Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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