KC Workers’ Rights Board Annual Meeting

use6croppedToday the Kansas City Workers’ Rights Board held their 3rd Annual Meeting at the APWU – The American Postal Workers Union Local 67. Over 40 community leaders came to together to celebrate their work this past year in various Missouri Jobs with Justice campaigns. Our KC Workers’ Rights Board continues to grow and use its leadership to be a moral voice for workers in the Kansas City area.

At the Annual Meeting, Terrance Wise of Stand Up KC reminded Workers’ Rights Board members of the critical role they have played in the Fight for $15 campaign. He asked everyone to join him and other low-wage workers on Tuesday, Nov. 10th for the next major Stand Up KC action. In addition, Missouri Home Care Union member Shelly Adler spoke about how the WRB has been helpful in their ongoing campaign to implement a fair union contract. CWA Local 6355, Afl-Cio President Bradley Harmon also highlighted the positive changes in the Family Support Division that have come as a result of pressure from the WRB in coordination with state workers. Meeting attendants also heard from Deacon Mike Lewis, Rev. Susan McCann, and The Rev. Dr. Tex Sample about WRB faith leaders’ efforts in fighting “Right-to-Work” and other legislation designed to weaken workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain.

It has been an incredibly powerful year for the KC JwJ Workers’ Rights Board. This body of powerful and committed community leaders will be called upon again to support workers’ struggles in the year to come. Onward!

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KC Council REPEALS Minimum Wage Increase

Today we are disheartened that the KC Council repealed the minimum wage increase to $13 by 2020 they passed back in July. This means tens of thousands of workers in our city who were about to get a much needed raise will continue to be left in poverty.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to council members Jermaine Reed, Teresa Loar, Quinton Lucas, Lee Barnes who voted against the repeal.

While the council should have stuck by its original action and kept the minimum wage increase as law, council members were hamstrung by the Missouri legislature’s overreach in passing HB 722, which prohibits cities and local municipalities from raising their minimum wage above the state level.

Instead of allowing communities to make decisions about what is best for them, Jefferson City now can determine what is right for Kansas City and all of Missouri’s municipalities. Out-of-state corporate interests were the only ones to benefit from this legislative action and the repeal of the wage increase.

However, we are optimistic that HB 722 will be struck down as unconstitutional by the courts and we will hold the KC Council and Mayor James accountable to the resolution they passed today to consider the minimum wage increase again when HB 722 is struck down.

Thanks to Council members Jermaine Reed, Teresa Loar, Lee Barnes, and Quinton Lucas, who voted NO on the repeal. We look forward to working with them to improve the lives of working people in Kansas City.

30,000 Families Suffer From Ruling Invalidating St. Louis City’s Minimum Wage Increase

We are disappointed that today’s ruling will prevent more than 30,000 families from receiving a much-needed and well-earned raise starting tomorrow. Today’s ruling only benefits the wealthiest few who pushed legal action, while making it harder for parents to put food on the table for their children. The increase passed by the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis reflects a growing consensus that the crisis of poverty wages needs to be addressed at every level in our economy and we thank the City’s elected officials for their continued leadership on this. We expect this lower court ruling will be appealed while we all continue to work to have the consensus of voters to increase the minimum wage reflected by our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.

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MO JwJ Hosts Town Hall on Medicaid Expansion

Town Hall on Medicaid Expansion

Come to a Town Hall meeting to find out about Medicaid expansion, and why we need it. Come learn how it would benefit Missouri, and those who fall in the Medicaid coverage “gap.”

Mary, Mother of the Church
5901 Kerth Road
St. Louis, MO 63128

Tuesday, October 6
6:30pm – 8:3pm

Speakers Include:

Jess Adams, Missouri Budget Project
Mike Evans, Chair, Arnold Veterans Commission
Father Telthorst, Mary, Mother of the Church
Medicaid “Gap” Story

For more information, contact Charlie@mojwj.org