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   Fast food workers are expected to walk off the job in 50 cities Thursday, including at least two restaurants in St. Louis.   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an afternoon rally is also planned at the Old Courthouse downtown.  

   The workers are demanding a $15 per hour pay rate.  Striking workers have said that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Missouri's minimum wage of $7.35 per hour are too low.  

   Scott DeFife, spokesman for the National Restaurant Association is calling today's strikes "a bit of orchestrated theater."  DeFife says it's a move by unions to grow their memberships.

   Previous St. Louis-area walkouts took place in May and July.  

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