Group launches effort meant to save St. Louis minimum wage hike

Low-wage workers, small business owners and community leaders gathered Friday to start a “Save The Raise” campaign aimed at convincing St. Louis employers to keep paying workers at least $10 an hour.

City employers have been required to pay $10 an hour since May, but starting Aug. 28 a state law will pre-empt St. Louis’ minimum-wage ordinance. That will drop the wage requirement to the Missouri minimum of $7.70 an hour.

The campaign is urging city employers to take a “Save the Raise” pledge and honor the St. Louis minimum wage even if preemption goes into effect. Businesses that take the pledge will be listed at and can display signs showing their support for the campaign.

About 38,000 workers are facing a possible pay cut.

Fifty-six percent of affected workers are women and more than 90 percent are age 20 or older, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute. More than one in four minimum-wage workers have children.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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