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More than 100 St. Louis businesses opt to keep $10 minimum wage, despite new state law



More than 100 St. Louis businesses have pledged to continue paying workers at least $10 an hour, despite a law taking effect this month that will override a minimum wage raise for more than 30,000 workers in the city.

Dozens of area restaurants and stores will continue paying minimum wage workers $10 per hour, a rate workers won after two-year legal fight against business groups who challenged a 2015 city ordinance authorizing an increase.

But this year, Missouri’s GOP-led Legislature and Gov. Eric Greitens pushed for a new law banning cities from setting their own minimum wages, arguing that sticking to a statewide standard of $7.70 an hour would mean more consistency for businesses.

In response, small business owners, low-wage workers and city aldermen have signed on to a “Save the Raise” campaign to persuade local employers to disregard the change. Those that don’t could face protests or boycotts, organizers said.

Businesses that will reverse the pay hike include Schnuck Markets, the Maryland Heights-based grocery chain.

Greitens has opted to let the new minimum wage law take effect without his signature on Aug. 28.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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