Fast food strike

Fast-food worker protests took hold last year in many cities across the U.S., including Kansas City and St. Louis. A fast-food worker rally Thursday in Kansas City produced 52 arrests. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Fast food workers marched in St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia as part of a nationwide strike. The key demand of the workers, who demonstrated in about 100 cities, is an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Proponents of boosting wages for fast-food and other minimum-wage workers held a public hearing earlier this week at St. Louis City Hall to promote a study estimating how many employees in the industry rely on public assistance programs. The National Restaurant Association, called the report “misleading,” saying it used “selective data to attack the industry.”

Read more from the St. Louis Beacon, the Columbia Missourian and the Kansas City Star

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