JEFFERSON CITY •St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made his way to the state Capitol on Monday to speak out against legislation that would block the city’s minimum wage increase, which the Missouri Supreme Court upheld last week.
His fourth and final term as the city’s chief executive may be quickly coming to a close – the primary election for his job is on Tuesday – but raising the St. Louis minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2018 remains a potentially elusive goal.
“We’re going to stand firm,” Slay said Monday. “We’re going to fight this thing all the way through.”
The city raised its minimum wage in 2015, but was quickly sued by business groups who said the ordinance conflicted with state law.
The state’s high court may have sided with the city, but celebrations proved to be short-lived. Less than a week later, advocates and city lawmakers are testifying against proposals from state lawmakers that would nullify St. Louis’ increase and ban other cities from doing the same.
Slay joins other advocates, including some of the state’s labor unions, to denounce the Legislature’s involvement in city politics.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 and Service Employees International Union Local 1 are partnering to campaign against proposals banning cities from raising the minimum wage beyond state levels.