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Wage Whiplash

Minimum Wage Protesters carry signs reading "McDonald's Give Us Our Raise" and "The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law"
Maria Altman
St. Louis Public Radio
Fast-food workers take part in a protest organized by Show Me $15 outside a McDonald's on Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis on March 15, 2017

Earlier this summer, we got bombarded with messages and emails from people wanting to know if it was true that Missouri snatched back a wage increase from the lowest-paid workers in St. Louis. Short answer? Yes. But today’s show isn’t about that short answer. It’s about the long one, the story of HOW and WHY the city is locked in this battle. And, it’s about the growing movement to keep up the fight to raise the standard of living for thousands of low-wage workers in this state — which now centers a lot on regular people working to get the raise back.

Kameel Stanley co-hosted and co-produced the We Live Here podcast—covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region—from 2015 to 2018.
Tim Lloyd was a founding host of We Live Here from 2015 to 2018 and was the Senior Producer of On Demand and Content Partnerships until Spring of 2020.