Protesters ‘Fight for 15’ at locations across St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - St. Louis Metropolitan Police report 30 arrests were made for impeding traffic on Hampton Avenue Tuesday night.  A combination of labor and social justice groups joined forces to demonstrate on behalf of a higher minimum wage.   Some demonstrators sat on Hampton Avenue blocking traffic for about 30 minutes during the evening rush hour.

The Fight For 15 is an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Demonstrations took place in cities across the country.

“If people work a 40-hour work week they should be paid enough to support their family,” said former educator Chris Guinther.

She was one of hundreds who participated in Tuesday’s demonstrations.   Demonstrators say the working poor will be hit hardest if the minimum wage is not increased.

“If you don’t support them they’re going to fail, and that’s just not an option,” said Jim Dent, Jobs for Justice.

Bettie Douglas said she has been working for several years for less than $9 an hour at her fast food job.

“I’m not asking anyone to give me anything. I want to work hard for what I get because I appreciate it more,” said Douglas.  “But I want what I deserve and I don’t feel like I’m getting what I deserve.”

The demonstration on Hampton Ave ended shortly after the arrests were made.