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Fast Food Workers Striking Over Working Conditions, Wages, Around St. Louis

An organized movement of strikes began today in St. Louis and is spreading across the region. Employees at McDonald's in North St. Louis County are next. It could hit 20 different stores representing about 18 fast food chains through Thursday.

A movement to unionize fast food restaurants throughout the St. Louis Region hit North County today.

Employees at the Dellwood McDonald's, located at 9131 W. Florissant, will walk out of the building around 3:45 p.m., in a strike.

St. Louis Jimmy John's workers picketed in front of the Soulard location Thursday morning.

It's a push for respect through better pay, improved working conditions. Shannon Garth-Rhodes, spokesperson with the effort, also said this is part of a fight for the right to form a union without retaliation.

"Workers will strike for a $15 per hour wage floor and to take a stand against unfair retaliation targeting workers who are sticking together to speak out for better jobs," she said in a statement.

Garth-Rhodes said the local action is part of a bigger movement. The strike was inspired by similar efforts in New York City and Chicago, though rumblings for better working conditions began in March 2011 following the firing of six employees from a Minneapolis store.

She said Jimmy John's employees were subjected to forms of mental abuse.

"In the past several months, Jimmy John's managers have required workers to publicly hold signs when they don't perform up to the sandwich chain's 'freaky fast' job expectations," Garth-Rhodes said.

One worker was ordered to hold a sign stating, “I made 3 wrong sandwiches today,"  Garth-Rhodes said; while another was forced to hold a sign that said, “I was more than 13 seconds in the drive thru.”

The strike is expected to impact more than 20 restaurant locations  and 18 fast food chains around the St. Louis region and includes a wide range of fast food and fast casual establishments such as Jimmy John's, McDonalds, Panera, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Hardee's, Domino's, and Wendy's.

John Dough May 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Perhaps politicians should be forced to wear signs..McKaskill .could wear one that said I LOST THE TAX PAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY NOT READIN THE BILL I VOTED FOR..
Bill May 29, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Seems you both should have paid more attention in school.
Bill May 29, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Yep...you're right....neither take much to learn and you are overpaid because as you said yourself, 'it's just as hard of work as a skilled tradesman'. You can do both with less than a high school diploma. You all should have paid more attention in school. strike on.....and remember HOSTESS. :-)
Bill May 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
What?????? Successful people choose to be successful. I have seen people of all colors come out of poverty because they paid attention in school and worked hard to get what they want. Choosing the right parents??? What??? Your first and most important choice is what you do in school.
BLT May 29, 2013 at 06:42 PM
“$7.35 just ain't fair." "We want change and we ain't talking about pennies." With that level of grammar, I don’t know how they’re not making six figures with a company car.

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