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St. Louis employers face choice when minimum wage drops back to $7.70



For the past 10 weeks, workers in the city of St. Louis have been entitled to a wage of at least $10 an hour. That changes on Aug. 28, when the local minimum wage drops back to the state’s minimum of $7.70.

Employers in the city now must decide: Cut their affected workers’ wages or continue paying the $10 rate?

A handful of employers said they won’t change their workers’ pay, even though they opposed the local minimum wage ordinance.

Others, however, will reverse the pay hike. That includes Schnuck Markets Inc., the Maryland Heights-based grocery chain.

On Friday, a coalition of groups, including Show Me $15, Missouri Jobs with Justice and others, plans to launch a petition drive to encourage local employers to keep paying at least $10 an hour.

Businesses that agree to keep the minimum at $10 will be lauded on the campaign’s website and can display signs showing their support. Employers that refuse may face protests and possible boycotts, organizers with the “Save the Raise” campaign told The Associated Press.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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