Victories

Victories

Since 1999, Missouri Jobs with Justice has been fighting and winning real change for Missouri’s working families.

2020
2020
Springfield regulates predatory lenders
Building off years of work with member organization Missouri Faith Voices, Springfield leaders successfully pushed the City Council to rein in predatory payday lenders who charge on average 462% interest

While councilmembers stalled for months under pressure from payday loan companies and the Chamber of Commerce, our grassroots power prevailed and put Question 1 on the ballot

In August, Springfield voters passed the ordinance which requires posting the true APR of these predatory loans and an annual $5,000 permit for payday loan stores. Since the industry is already price gouging, this permit fee represents pennies compared to the industry’s millions of dollars of profits that leave our local economy and to their out-of-state headquarters

2020
2020
2020
Stopped MU from cutting 300+ jobs

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Missouri-Columbia attempted to privatize, outsource, or cut more than 300 custodial and landscaping jobs for the sake of alleged budget concerns

MOJWJ and LiUNA 955 organized the Stop the Cuts Coalition to bring community members together to stand with these workers and point out the dangers of privatization - especially from our state’s flagship public university. We led an intense grassroots and direct action campaign to pressure the administration to abandon their privatization goals. After 73 days, the MU administration finally announced they would not outsource or cut custodial or landscaping positions
2020
2020
2020
Expanded Medicaid to more than 230,000 Missourians
Since as far back as 2005, Missouri has had some of the lowest eligibility rates for Medicaid in the nation. Our low rates have left hundreds of thousands of families without a lifeline in times of vulnerability, leading to unnecessary suffering and tragic early loss of life. Tired of waiting on politicians to do the right thing, MO JWJ leaders collected more than 40,000 signatures to put Amendment 2 to expand Medicaid on the ballot

On August 4th, Missouri became the 39th state to expand our medicaid program, a decade later than we should have and 15 years after it was cut. As a result, billions of dollars will flow back into Missouri’s economy, protecting Missouri rural hospitals and healthcare providers and most importantly, an estimated 230,000 Missourians will again have access to important health insurance

2020
2019
2019
Stopped Privatization of St. Louis Airport When Missouri’s largest political donor set his eyes on St. Louis’ most valuable public asset, we knew we were going to be in for a fight. Rex Sinquefeld bought an army of lobbyists and political consultants and invested over twenty million dollars into his scheme to make St. Louis’ Lambert airport the first major airport to be privatized in the United States

Knowing that privatization hurts our communities by stripping our resources, cutting wages, benefits, jobs, and despicable union-busting, MO JWJ mobilized volunteers to contest this at every turn. Through lobbying local officials, gathering signatures to force the issue to a public vote, and highlighting the damage this scheme would bring to St. Louis, we were able to overcome Sinquefeld’s money and make the issue politically untenable. Sinquefeld and his allies finally pulled the plug in July, nearly two years after it had begun. Another victory for working people!
2019
2018
Raised the Minimum Wage Statewide
Going into 2018, Missouri’s minimum wage stood at a paltry $7.85 per hour. That’s just $314 per week, and just over $16,000 per year—if you are lucky enough to work 40 hours a week. MO JWJ gathered more than 60,000 signatures to put Proposition B on the ballot and raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $12-an-hour by 2023. Missourians voted overwhelmingly on November 6th to hard reward work with better pay, passing Proposition B with 62.5% of the vote.
2018
Passed Amendment 1 to Clean Up Missouri Politics For years Missouri’s state legislature has been plagued with unresponsive politicians, horribly gerrymandered legislative districts and virtually unchecked corporate influence. To fix this Missouri Jobs with Justice led a broad coalition in qualifying and then passing the Clean Missouri initiative.

Our leaders gathered more than 80,000 signatures to put Amendment 1 on the ballot. Despite racist attacks, more than 62% of Missouri voters approved this sweeping reform of state legislative elections by lowering campaign finance limits, effectively eliminating lobbyist gifts, making the state legislature more transparent, closing the legislature to lobbyist revolving door, and stopping rigged, gerrymandered maps.
2018
Defeated “Right-to-Work” at the ballot
Politicians in Jefferson City have been determined to gut the power of working people and our right to come together in union. After passing a “right-to-work” law, our labor partners quickly organized a citizens’ veto and campaign to defeat what was placed on the ballot as Proposition A.

Through MO JWJ’s efforts educating our partners and the public about the dangers of “right-to-work” laws, particularly its anti-Semitic history and disproportionate impact on women and workers of color, nearly 200 organizations publicly opposed Prop A. When the dust settled on August 7th, we had defeated Prop A by a historic 2:1 margin, eclipsing even the legendary defeat of Right to Work here in 1978.
2015
City of St. Louis & Kansas City raise their minimum wage.
Led by MO JWJ, we worked with the St. Louis Board of Alderman to raise the St. Louis minimum to $11-an-hour by 2018, and with the Kansas City Council to raise the Kansas City minimum wage to $13-an-hour by 2020. Unfortunately, certain politicians in Jefferson City gutted this win and took money from primarily Black and brown workers in both cities.

The passage of a pre-emption law reversed this win and now prevents local governments from setting their own minimum wage and other priorities for their communities. Again - we then organized and set our sights on another statewide ballot initiative to raise the wage for all Missouri workers.
2013
Victory for Mine Workers. Peabody Coal created a corporate shell game to line their shareholders’ pockets by shedding health benefits it promised to thousands of coal miners who gave a lifetime of hard work. Without the United Mine Workers of America and our public solidarity efforts to hold Peabody accountable, thousands of current and retired miners would have been left to cope with black lung, cancer and crippling injuries on their own. Victory was secured through a provided more than $400 million to cover future health care benefits for retirees affected by the antics and greed of Peabody and its subsidiaries.