ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s being called the largest strike ever to hit the fast food industry. And in St. Louis, the walkout started just after 6:00 a.m.
Workers marched near the McDonalds at Tucker and Carr, not far from the Edward Jones Dome. Additional strikes at other locations are planned for later in the day.
Thursday’s protests are the latest in a series of walkouts by fast food workers. Organizers say fast food workers will go on strike in 50 cities across the country. They’re fighting for $15 an hour and the right to for a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices.
Besides McDonalds, fast food workers in St. Louis are also expected to strike at other major franchises including Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.
Organizers say there are more than 36,000 fast food workers in St. Louis with the median wage being $8.80 an hour. The day’s event will wrap up with a rally at 3:30 Thursday afternoon at the Old Courthouse at 4th and Chestnut.