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Coalition $15 Demonstrates in St. Louis at Presidential Debate

October 11, 2016  
By Tara Jessup

St. Louis,  MO – Just before the second presidential debate last Sunday, St. Louis fast-food cooks and cashiers throughout the city walked off their jobs and waged a major protest at Washington University. Following the protests in St. Louis by over a thousand fast-food workers, demonstrations took place in cities across the country.

St. Louis,  MO – Just before the second presidential debate last Sunday, St. Louis fast-food cooks and cashiers throughout the city walked off their jobs and waged a major protest at Washington University. Following the protests in St. Louis by over a thousand fast-food workers, demonstrations took place in cities across the country.

While elected leaders in New York, California, and cities like Seattle and Washington, DC – have supported workers’  requests for $15 an hour.  Legislators in Missouri blocked increases passed by progressive  elected leaders in both St. Louis and Kansas City. And while there are millions of working Americans on their way to big pay raises, there are still 64 million people living in America who are not paid enough to make rent, put food on the table, or pay for other basic needs.

“I’m 37 years old and I never voted before because I never thought my vote mattered,” said Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s worker from Kansas City. “But by standing up and sticking together, we’ve won raises for 20 million Americans, including 10 million who are on a path to $15. We’ve pushed the Democratic Party to adopt support for $15 an hr in its party platform. And we’re even being credited with helping to raise median income by more than 5 percent last year, the biggest jump since the 1960s. Our call for $15/hr and union rights has changed the politics of the country. And it’s inspired me to do something in November I’ve never done before: cast my first ballot.”

October 10, 2016

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