Dozens of low wage workers and community and faith leaders went to attend a Listening Post with Senator Roy Blunt in downtown St. Louis. We wanted to find out what the Senator thought about raising the minimum wage – but the Senator wasn’t there. Low wage workers took turns sharing stories about how hard it is to make ends meet making $7.35/hour, the current minimum wage.
Alex Steen, a fast food worker with a PhD in physics, talked about how hard it is to make it, even when while playing by the rules.
“I did everything right…I didn’t drink, I didn’t smoke. I got good grades and studied hard. I got my PhD in physics from Columbia University in New York. But I couldn’t find work, and now I’ve been in and out of barbacking and bartending jobs, waiting tables, and doing whatever I have to do to get by. I can’t afford to live on poverty wages.”
Pictured top, left is St. Louis Leadership Team member Rasheen Aldridge sharing his experience as a minimum wage fast food worker.
Missouri Jobs with Justice continues to fight to raise the minimum wage in Missouri
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