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Fast Food Workers Call for Higher Wages

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Fast food workers stage a strike outside the McDonalds on Tucker in May 2014. Photo: KMOX/Brian Kelly

Fast food workers stage a strike outside the McDonalds on Tucker in May 2014. Photo: KMOX/Brian Kelly

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Fast food workers in 150 U.S. citiesand 33 other other countriesare staging another set of strikes today, calling for higher wages.

If you drive by the McDonald’s on West Florissant in Ferguson you’ll see them, on the sidewalk, singing slogans and holding signs demanding raises to $15/an hour and the right to unionize.

Organizer Marteen Rafanan tells KMOX that higher pay for fast-food workers will benefit everyone.

“These are jobs that are going to remain in our community, and these are jobs that if they pay a little bit better wage and if they give workers a greater opportunity, it will allow these workers to build our community better,” Rafanan says.

Rafanan says corporate claims that they just can’t afford to pay their workers $15/an hour are simply not true.

He tells KMOX that the effort, over a year-long, deserves the community’s support.

“We, as a community, are subsidizing these wages, because these workers are making so little money that they need government assistance to survive,” Rafanan says.

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