St. Louis Fast Food Workers Hold One Day Strike – We Can’t Survive on $7.35!
Workers walked out for better pay, respect on the job, and the right to form a union.
St. Louis Jobs with Justice Student Co-Chair Rasheen Aldridge works at Jimmy John’s and has been a leader in the new St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign. He said,
Starting today, we’re standing up to huge corporations like Jimmy John’s, Subway, Panera, and more to make it stop. We’re demanding a living wage and the respect that we deserve, and we need to make sure that they – and all of St. Louis – get our message.
Most of us fast food workers here in town make $7.35 an hour – Missouri’s minimum wage – or just barely more. That means the average fast food salary here is less than $19,000 per year, and it just isn’t enough to cover our basic needs. With rent, food, health care, transportation, and often times a family to support, we’re struggling to get by. A lot of us are forced to rely on public assistance to make ends meet.
The day after the workers struck, clergy and community leaders walked the workers back to their job, ensuring they won’t be retaliated against for their actions.
Workers in Detroit walked off the job on Friday, May 9.