Campaign Launched To Save St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

St. Louis, MO/July 14, 2017 (STL.News) A new effort is underway aimed at saving St. Louis’ minimum wage hike.

On Friday afternoon, demonstrators comprised of minimum wage workers, elected officials, faith-based leaders, and union leaders gathered outside of Southwest Diner in south St. Louis to launch the “Save The Raise” campaign. The initiative is aimed at encouraging St. Louis business owners to maintain the city’s minimum wage increase of $10 per hour, which was implemented.

Jonathan Jones, the owner of Southwest Diner, says he will keep the $10 per hour wage. “I encourage more businesses owners to make the pledge to pay the fair wage that was taken away by the Legislature and the Governor in Jeff City. Together as business owners, workers, and members of the community and we can save the raise.”

Senator Jamilah Nasheed delivered a passionate speech during the demonstrators to encourage the workers to continue their fight. “Don’t give up the fight, because we know we are working for the people. The Republicans are working for corporate America and we have to expose them every chance we get.”

Wanda Rogers, a McDonald’s worker warned that crime will continue to increase in the city with the reversal of the minimum wage hike.

“If ya all take these wages down you’re really going to see some crime in St. Louis. You haven’t seen nothing yet, cuz things are about to go down in the Lou. People are going to do what they have to do to survive.

“Save The Raise” organizers say they will post the businesses who support their request on their website for supporting their cause. Organizers say they will also post the names of the businesses which don’t comply with this request.

In 2015, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a minimum wage hike to $10 per hour, going up to $11 per hour in 2018. This was followed by a two-year legal ping pong game after a group of city business owners filed a lawsuit to block the minimum wage hike. The case ended up before the Missouri Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the city in May.

The city’s minimum wage hike however is set to be rolled back on August 28th after the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that prohibits local governments from establishing their own minimum wage. The state’s minimum wage is set at $7.70 per hour.


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Jill Enders is an award winning journalist. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Missouri Broadcaster's Association award for Best News Series. Jill won this prestigious first place award for her piece “Ferguson Year In Review” she wrote, produced, and voiced for KTRS radio, where she also currently works as an anchor, reporter, and writer. Over the past twenty years, Jill has worn many hats in the broadcast industry. She has worked as a D.J., field reporter, production director, copy writer, airborne traffic reporter, anchor, and news bureau chief. Jill has covered a wide variety of high profile stories during her career, including the Flood of '93, presidential debates, and the Ferguson Crisis. Jill also has acted in TV, film, and stage. Her experience as an actress allows her to provide her acting students with a practical insight of the entertainment industry. Jill is a native St. Louisian and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.