St. Louis, MO (KTRS) A campaign is underway to save St. Louis’ minimum wage increase.
About 50 passionate demonstrators gathered outside of Southwest Dinner in south St. Louis on Friday afternoon to launch their initiative “Save The Raise Campaign” The initiative is aimed at encouraging St. Louis business owners to maintain the city’s minimum wage hike that just went into effect.
Senator Jamilah Nasheed was among those in attendance. The Democratic lawmaker delivered a passionate speech during the gathering 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.” Nasheed exclaimed.
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.”
“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 will post the names of the businesses which don’t comply with this request.
The city’s minimum wage hike is set to be rolled back to the state’s minimum wage of $7.70 per hour on August 28th after the Missouri Legislature passed a bill that prohibits local governments from establishing their own minimum wage.