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Workers continue fight for increased minimum wage in Missouri

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Kimberly Riley, who works at McDonald’s making $9.16 per hour, currently has to live with her mother, sister, and niece. Kimberly Riley, who works at McDonald’s making $9.16 per hour, currently has to live with her mother, sister, and niece.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

By Brian Feldman, News 4 Reporter

“How are we going to eat today? That’s what I think in the back of my mind.”

Kimberly Riley works at McDonald’s making $9.16 per hour.  She can’t afford a car.  She can’t afford a home.  She has to live at home with her mother along with her sister and niece.  The rate she’s paid is actually above Missouri’s current minimum wage, $7.65 per hour.

It’s because of these wages workers all over the state – and country – are protesting to change the law.  They call it a matter of human decency.

“McDonald’s is a billion dollar company. You can afford to pay us 15 (an hour). There’s no reason we shouldn’t get paid 15,” Riley said.

New York and California have already said they’ll be raising their minimum wages to $15 per hour by 2022.  Other states and cities have made similar strides.  Opponents to a wage increase believe it would result in mass layoffs due to companies refusing to pay such salaries. 

“The big people there will never know our struggle because they’ve always been up higher than us,” Riley said. “They’ll never understand us as people.  We work hard just like they work hard. They sit up in their office and make their decent money.  Then there’s us down here not even making a living wage.

“We’re still human just like them. We still deserve a living wage.”

Riley also says she believes raising the state’s minimum wage would help reduce crime since residents would be less desperate to support their families.

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