By Steve Patterson

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Fast food workers say they should be earning more than minimum wage, so they're in the midst of another strike.

NewsChannel 5's Steve Patterson was at the McDonalds on North 13th Street in St. Louis Thursday morning, where employees were protesting.

Organizers of the protests are demanding to two things: a minimum wage increase from $7.35 per hour to $15 per hour because they say it is necessary to cover basic needs, and for the right to organize labor unions without the threat of retaliation from the billion dollar fast food industry.

The protest went inside one McDonald's Thursday morning, and Patterson was there.

The effort is largely inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in big cities. It spread to St. Louis, and for months there has been a fight under the banner of "STL can't survive on $7.35."

The protests started at some areas at 6 a.m.

A rally at Kiener Plaza is planned for 4:30 p.m.

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