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

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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,

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.”


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VICTORY – St. Louis Raises the Minimum Wage

In a tremendous victory for thousands of workers and allies that stand with them, St. Louis minimum wage is on its way to $11!

We applaud the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for voting to raise wages.

Thank the Board of Aldermen members who voted to stand with workers.

Jobs with Justice, along with our many allies in labor, clergy, in the community, and the brave and powerful workers with Show Me $15 have been advocating for a higher minimum wage. After weeks of phone banks, canvasses, and meetings, the Board of Aldermen came to a compromise on strengthening St. Louis’ minimum wage to $8.25 this year, and setting forth incremental increases each year until it hits $11 in 2018. Workers who had been getting nickel and dime raises in recent years will be getting well-deserved dollars in raises for the next three years.

While the Missouri Legislature fails to address its citizens working in poverty, we are proud of bill sponsor Alderman Shane Cohn, BoA President Lewis Reed, and Mayor Francis Slay and the rest of the elected leaders who took a stand for our community.

We still have much work to do. Today’s vote by the Board of Aldermen is a huge victory for working people, and it’s because workers, their unions, community leaders, and faith leaders organized to make it happen. Jobs with Justice is going to continue to fight to keep working families moving forward.

UPDATE – Labor in the Pulpits Participating Services

LIP logoLabor in the Pulpits, On the Bimah, In the Minbar, September 4-7, 2015

Rev. Dr. Martin J. Rafanan

Coordinator of Champions Programs, Missouri Jobs with Justice

Each year as the Labor Day Weekend approaches, Missouri Jobs with Justice announces its statewide celebration of Labor in the Pulpits, On the Bimah, In the Minbar. The program is a part of the coalition’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the relationships between faith and labor leaders, recognize the values that unite faith and labor in the work of building community, and promote workers rights and economic justice in both faith and labor organizations.

Missouri Jobs with Justice is indebted to Interfaith Worker Justice, the national sponsor of this decade-old program and a stalwart partner in the effort to promote economic justice and worker support in faith communities nationally.

The program is interfaith in its focus with materials available for all faith traditions. Jobs with Justice’ website has prayers, meditations, litanies, readings, reflections and sermons that can help faith communities develop their worship and education approach to the Labor Day Weekend – The materials emphasize the sacred nature of work, the dignity of labor, the expression of faith in one’s vocation (calling), the remembrance of those whose work has built our communities, and the importance of workers rights. Faith groups can use these materials to support their worship, supplement their education times, or celebrate the blessing of work and its importance to our communities throughout the year.

Labor in the Pulpits also encourages faith, labor and community leaders to engage important issues that impact families, communities and workers. This year, the program emphasize the important work of caring for our elders and those who require home healthcare support. Caring Across Generations ( and Seniors Count ( are Jobs with Justice partners whose mission is to keep our elders well-cared for in their homes. These organizations promote the importance of providing quality home-care for all in need and the development and training of home-care workers in anticipation of the tremendous home-care requirements in the coming decade. This work is critically important for our elders, their families, and our communities. We need to develop 2.5 million new home care jobs. Well-trained and well-compensated home-care workers can insure that our elders are well cared for in their homes while at the same time, lessening costs for our communities.

As a part of the Labor in the Pulpits program in 2015, we encourage faith and labor organizations to participate in the Labor Day Parade on September 7 (9am, downtown St. Louis) and to celebrate Grandparent’s Day on September 13th.

As always, Missouri Jobs with Justice will highlight the importance of organizing and collective bargaining as a cornerstone of strengthening our communities and creating a voice for workers in their workplace and in their communities.

Faith communities across Missouri will participate in the Labor in the Pulpits Program:

African Methodist Episcopal Church – Institutional Support, St. Louis, MO

Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis – 3642 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108

B’nai Amoona Congregation, St. Louis – 324 S Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Louis – 7001 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105

Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church, Kansas City – 4219 N. Jarboe Ct., Kansas City, MO 64116

Brentwood Christian Church, Springfield – 1900 E. Barataria, Springfield, MO 65804

Brentwood Congregational United Church of Christ, Brentwood – 2400 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, MO 63144

Bridge Market and Faith Community, St. Charles – 3224-1 Rue Royale, St. Charles, MO

Central Grove United Methodist Church, Warrenton – 35569 State Hwy A, Warrenton, MO 63383

Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis – 5020 Waterman Ave, St Louis, MO 63108

Christ Church United Church of Christ, Maplewood – 2200 Bellevue Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143

Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield – 601 E. Walnut Street, Springfield, MO 65806

Church of Divine Grace – Dorea Ministries, St. Louis – PO Box 211401, St. Louis, MO 63121

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, St. Louis – Institutional Support

Compton Heights Christian Church, St. Louis – 2149 S. Grand Blvd, St. Louis MO 63104

Congregation Kol Ami, Kansas City – 5000 Wyoming, Kansas City, MO 64112

Congregattion Temple Israel, Ladue – 1 Rabbi Alvan D Rubin Dr, St. Louis, MO 63141

Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Louis – 2621 Utah Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

Deaconess Ann House Episcopal Service Corps, St. Louis – 1416 Sullivan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63107

Eliot Chapel, Kirkwood – 100 S Taylor Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves – 9 S Bompart Webster Groves MO 63119

Epiphany United Church of Christ, St. Louis – 2911 McNair Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Institutional Support

Faith Labor Alliance, St. Louis – Institutional Support

First Baptist Church of Elmwood Park, St. Louis – 1452 Dielman Road, St. Louis MO

First Baptist Church, Jefferson City – 301 E Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

First Baptist Church, Liberty – 336 North Gallatin Street, Liberty, MO 64068

First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Jefferson City – 317 Woodward Lane, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109

First Congregational Church of Webster Groves – 10 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

First Congregational Church of St. Louis, Clayton -6501 Wydown Blvd, St Louis, MO 63105

First Presbyterian Church, Jefferson City – 324 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Franciscan Friars, St. Louis – 3135 Meramec Street, St. Louis, MO 63118

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, St. Louis – 3600 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109

Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery, St. Louis – 2236 Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Grace Episcopal Church, Liberty – 520 S 291 Hwy, Liberty, MO 64068

Greater New Hope Baptist Church, East St. Louis – 2240 Missouri Ave, East St Louis, IL 62205

Greater St. Mark Family Church, Ferguson – 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St. Louis, MO 63136

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Louis – 3519 Mallinckrodt Street, St. Louis MO 63107

Hopewell MB Church of Wentzville – 1140 E Hwy N, Wentzville, MO

Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis – Eden Seminary, Schultz Hall 107, 483 E Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

Islamic Community Center, St. Louis -4666 Lansdowne Ave, Saint Louis, MO

Jews United for Justice, St Louis – Institutional Support, Saint Louis, MO

Kirkwood Baptist Church, Kirkwood – 301 E Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Kol Rinah, University City 829 N Hanley Rd, St. Louis, MO 63130

Liberty United Methodist Church, Liberty 7909 NE 75th Terrace, Kansas City MO 64158-1087

Little Brushy Baptist Church, Wapapello Wappapello, MO 63966

Living Lord Lutheran Church, Lake St. Louis 500 Cedar Cir Dr, Lake St Louis, MO 63367

Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, Florissant 9711 Perch Dr St. Louis MO 63136

Memorial Blvd Christian Church, St. Louis 3000 N Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63115

Mennonite Fellowship, St. Louis 3752 Giles Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116

Mt Sinai Baptist Church, East St. Louis 1200 St Louis Avenue East St Louis IL 62205

Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis 1444 South Compton Avenue St Louis MO

Neve Shalom Congregation, Creve Coeur 6 Millstone Campus Drive, 3050, St Louis MO 63146

New Horizons Presbyterian Church, Overland 9424 Everman Ave Overland MO 63114

New Life Evangelistic Center. St. Louis 1411 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103

New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Jennings 8645 Goodfellow St Louis MO 63147

New Piasa Chautauqua Box 623, Alton IL

Northern Blvd United Methodist Church, Independence 1800 S Northern Blvd, Independence, MO 64052

Parish of St. Patrick, Kansas City 1357 NE 42nd Terrace Kansas City MO 64116-2228

Peace United Church of Christ, Webster Groves 204 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Louis 826 Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Quinn Chapel AME Church, Jefferson City 529 Lafayette St, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Redeemer Lutheran Church, DeSoto 1620 Boyd St DeSoto MO 63020

Rock Bridge Christian Church, Columbia 301 W. Green Meadow Rd, Columbia MO 65203

Shaare Emeth Congregation, Creve Coeur 11645 Ladue Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141

Smith Creek United Methodist Church, Warrenton 3903 State Hwy U, Warrenton, MO 63383

South Street Christian Church, Springfield 500 South Ave Springfield MO 65806

Spiritual Newbirth Christian Ministries, St. Louis 5602 Arsenal St, St. Louis, MO 63139

St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church, St. Louis

St James Catholic Church, Liberty 309 S Stewart Road, Liberty MO 64068

St John United Church of Christ, St. Louis 4136-4138 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63107

St Louis Rabbinical Association Institutional Support

St Mark Hope and Peace, Kansas City 3800 Troost Ave Kansas City MO 64109

St Mark’s Episcopal, St. Louis 4714 Clifton Avenue St. Louis MO 63109

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Sunset Hills 9750 Sappington Rd, Sappington, MO 63128

St. Cronan’s Catholic Church, St. Louis 1202 South Boyle St. Louis MO 63110

St. James United Methodist Church 5540 Wayne Ave Kansas City MO 64110

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, St. Charles 547 Washington St Charles MO 63301

St. John’s Episcopal Church Tower Grove, St Louis 3664 Arsenal Street St. Louis MO 63116

Theology & Life Institute; PAX CHRISTI, St. Louis Institutional Support

Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Louis 600 North Euclid Avenue St. Louis MO 63108

United Hebrew Congregation, Chesterfield 13788 Conway Rd, St. Louis, MO 63141

Unity Lutheran Church, Bel Nor 8454 Glen Echo Dr, St. Louis, MO 63121

Vincentian Mission Corps, St. Louis 2912 Arsenal St. Louis MO 63118

Visitation and Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Vienna – Box 171, Vienna, MO 65582

Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis – 3200 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. Louis – 5300 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

Zion Lutheran Church, Barchtown – Barchtown, IL