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Jimmy John’s Workers Strike in Soulard

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Fast food workers at the Jimmy John's in Soulard go on strike, saying the can't survive on $7.35 an hour. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Fast food workers at the Jimmy John’s in Soulard go on strike, saying the can’t survive on $7.35 an hour. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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SOULARD, Mo. (KMOX) – Fast food workers at the Jimmy John’s in Soulard are picketing this afternoon demanding higher wages and union representation.

They say they can’t survive on $7.35 an hour.

Organizer Rev. Dr. Martin Rafana says the average age of a woman in the fast food industry is 32 years old, for all workers 28.

“This is not a job for teenagers,” said Rafana.

He hopes the strike at Jimmy John’s will prompt more organized strikes at other area fast food chains.

“We’re not asking for the moon, we are asking for what these multi-billion dollar corporations can afford to pay.”

Workers are asking for a sizable pay increase of about $15 an hour.

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