This week, hundreds of low wage workers from fast food restaurants went out on strike in 7 cities to demand better pay and working conditions, including $15/hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Missouri Jobs with Justice leaders, activists and volunteers played a key role in organizing these workers, the day’s rallies, and ensuring the workers were walked back to work over the following days to ensure they could return without retaliation from management in both St. Louis and Kansas City. Sign the petition here to support KC workers in their fight for better pay. Sign here to support St. Louis workers in their fight for better pay.
Workers in St. Louis, Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Flint, and Milwaukee were all part of the unprecedented wave of one-day strikes. Check out local coverage of the St. Louis strikes on MSNBC, on CNBC, and on Fox 2. Check out local coverage of the KC strike in the KC Star, on FOX 4, and on KHSB 41. Workers walked out of dozens of different stores, and then rallied at various locations throughout the day. The KC rallies were held at Jimmy John’s, Family Dollar, Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy’s, and Popeye’s. The rallies in St. Louis were held at three McDonald’s locations, Wendy’s, Hardee’s, and at Kiener Plaza downtown.
Kansas City and St. Louis JwJ Workers’ Rights Board members, Leadership Team members, member organizations, and allies stood shoulder to shoulder with the workers and St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35 and Stand Up KC, supporting them in their struggle out of poverty wages