“This is about what kind of Kansas City we want to live in – one that grinds its people down with poverty wages, or one that values hard work and the dignity of workers.”
– Rev. Donna Simon, St. Mark’s Hope and Peace Lutheran Church in Kansas City
There are 26,000 workers in Kansas City who work full-time jobs that pay less than $15,000 a year, with no health insurance or sick days. These are poverty conditions that tear families apart. The good news is it doesn’t have to stay this way.
This week, local fast food workers stood up for the dignity and respect they deserve. And people of faith stood side by side with them. Flanked by legendary civil rights leader Rev. CT Vivian, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, dozens of clergy, and nearly 500 allies, fast food workers took a stand for work with dignity: a living wage, reasonable benefits, and the right to organize.
In stories and vigils and protests, Kansas City is leading the nation in a movement for work with dignity. We’re on the front lines of a rallying cry that people who work full-time and serve our community should not live in poverty, labor without healthcare, or lack the ability to give their children a better life. We can, we should, and we must do better.
There will be more to say soon, so click here to sign up for more information about our Economic Dignity work. And be sure to check CCO’s Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos from the actions!