Hundreds of fast-food employees, janitors, home health care workers and adjunct professors gathered in protest Thursday in Kansas City and St. Louis, joining others across the country in calling for a $15 minimum wage and a union.
In Kansas City, a workers strike at a McDonald’s began the day of protests, with an afternoon rally, organized by local activists with Stand Up KC, drawing in sympathetic labor leaders from other industries and testimonials from low wage workers.
On the other side of the state in St. Louis, scores of low-wage workers and sympathizers put pickets at preschools and fast food chains to “Fight for $15.”
Lately, the “Fight for $15” movement has scored big victories in other states, but in Missouri, it has hit roadblocks in the courts and the Legislature. The movement’s hope now hangs on the Missouri Supreme Court, which is hosting challenges on the new $13 minimum wage in Kansas City and the blocked minimum wage increase in St. Louis.