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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Fast food worker protests in St. Louis are not over.

Protesters rallied outside of Jimmy John’s in Soulard at noon Thursday.

Last week, hundreds of fast food workers around St. Louis stopped cooking food and started picketing in an effort to get higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Organizer Marteen Rafinan says many workers who went on strike last week saw results.

“That’s actually happened in a lot of our places here in St. Louis where people have been offered more hours, been offered slight increases in salary,” he said. “That is because what the corporations would like to do is keep these workers quiet.”

Still, Rafinan said, it isn’t enough.

“Some have seen some change but basically the story is the same,” he said. “It’s very low wages, no benefits, no paid sick leave, very little control over hours.”

Most protesters were members of Missouri Jobs with Justice. No Jimmy John’s workers joined the protest.

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