St. Louis fast food employees rally in support of increased wages, police called

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 10:53 PM

(KMOV.com) --Thursday morning, workers rallied outside a north St. Louis McDonalds.

Moments later they piled into the restaurant, staging an even louder protest.

Demonstrators caused such a disruption that police were called.

The workers want to raise their salaries to $15 an hour, more than double the federal minimum wage.

McDonalds and Burger King say they don’t decide salaries, it’s up to the individuals who own the franchises.

Single mom Jacqueline Martinez makes eight dollars an hour at McDonalds, trying to support her daughter.

“They don’t pay enough. We have a lot of support,” she said. “We need to pay babysitters, bills, rent.”

Nationally, fast food workers average about $9 an hour. The National Restaurant Association says only five percent of restaurant workers make minimum wage.

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