St. Louis fast-food workers have come together to form the Mid-South Organizing Committee to fight for fair wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. We are workers from more than 15 fast food chains in St. Louis, who are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees like us enough to survive – enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation.
Fast-food is a billion dollar per year industry in St. Louis, and we believe that no one who works for a living in such a profitable business should be forced to rely on public assistance to provide for their family. One-quarter of St. Louis’ workforce works in the service economy, and in fast food the average annual salary is less than $19,000. When workers are paid a living wage, not only will it strengthen the economy but it will also improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.