JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Buses filled with local fast-food workers are travelling to Jefferson City where they will rally for higher wages, union rights and racial justice.

D.W., who works at Subway, says fast-food workers deserve a $15 an hour minimum wage, health care benefits and the right to unionize.

D.W. says she’s been working since she was 16-year-old in fast-food and is tired of “being disrespected” because of her profession.

Fast-food and other low-wage workers will be joined by faith and community leaders from around Missouri in the Capitol rotunda. They’re hoping to convince lawmakers to support what they’re calling the “higher ground” policy.

“We need to get the lawmakers on our side to fight for what’s right,” D.W. says.

Today’s rally is one of 25 such rallies at state capitols across the country.

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  1. CXR says:

    Many will forget globalization here and treat fast food as a kids’ job and decry the crybaby worker without motivation or initiative to move up. In modern America fast food IS a job and perhaps the only one, and, without a living wage, poverty,

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