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Today we are disheartened that the KC Council repealed the minimum wage increase to $13 by 2020 they passed back in July.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.

Read more here.


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


Workers Win! “Right-to-Work” Defeated in the Missouri Legislature!

VICTORY!!! Minutes ago, “Right-to-Work” failed to override Governor Nixon’s veto. Strong bi-partisan opposition against the bill finally put the bill to rest this year. Democrats and Republicans stood for workers and the Middle Class by rejecting this misleading legislation

We still have lots of work to do, and MO JwJ will continue working with faith and labor allies to beat back this bill when anti-worker bills come up again next year.


St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase Survives Legal Challenge by Corporate Special Interest Groups

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Richard von Glahn, Richard@mojwj.org

WORKERS PRAISE REJECTION OF SPECIAL INTERESTS’ LEGAL MANEUVERS
Path cleared for full implementation of St. Louis minimum wage ordinance

Missouri Jobs With Justice released the following statement today in response to the rejection of a proposed delay in implementing St. Louis’ minimum wage law:

“Raising the minimum wage puts working families first, and shows that we value the hard work of the people who keep our city running. A majority of our elected officials believe that Missouri succeeds when every worker is paid enough to care of his or her family and that is why they passed this bill. We are ready to move forward and look forward to the full implementation of this bill.”

Bettie Douglas, McDonald’s Worker from St. Louis, added:

“When I get my raise, it will be spent it here in St. Louis on the things I need to raise my son. This is good for businesses and for my family. Raising minimum wage is the right thing to do, and it’s what’s happening in the rest of the country. I can’t afford to be left behind, and neither can St. Louis.”

Frances Holmes, a McDonald’s Worker in St. Louis:

“I go to work to make a living, not to struggle from paycheck to paycheck. St. Louis needs jobs that allow workers to live with dignity. I want to be able to have all six of my grandchildren visit me in an apartment that feels like home, not in the boarding house I currently live in. We aren’t asking for a handout or a favor, but for what is fair.”

 

Read more here – http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-promises-decision-st-louis-minimum-wage-hike-october