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Petitions Launched to Raise MO Min. Wage to $12

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A state-wide law went into effect Monday in Missouri, knocking the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70. But those behind the temporary increase say the fight isn't over.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A state-wide law went into effect Monday in Missouri, knocking the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70. But those behind the temporary increase say the fight isn't over.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/7064923?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:36:00 +0000 Petitions Launched to Raise MO Min. Wage to $12 ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A state-wide law went into effect Monday in Missouri, knocking the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70. But those behind the temporary increase say the fight isn't over. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/7064923?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KOZL ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A state-wide law went into effect Monday in Missouri, knocking the minimum wage in St. Louis from $10 an hour to $7.70. But those behind the temporary increase say the fight isn't over. They gathered in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis Monday afternoon to rally for an effort to get the wage back up - and then some. The plan now is to put a $12 an hour minimum wager before the voters in Missouri. In the upcoming months, petitions will be passing around the state. Organizers are trying to collect enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November, 2018. In the meantime several businesses say even though they can, they'll not be lowering their wages back to the state minimum of $7.70 an hour. Along Cherokee Street in south St. Louis You'll see several businesses with placards in the windows saying "We pay the fair wage." It's part of the "Save The Raise" campaign. You'll find one in the window at ButtonMakers, where owner Rob Ruzicka backs the effort. "To have the sign in the window it's important for other people to see that other people are struggling with even though they may not be." The current battle over the minimum wage increase has raged for at least two years. First enacted by the city board of aldermen in 2015, it was blocked by lawsuits and finally went into effect in may of this year. Days later Missouri lawmakers passed a bill requiring a $7.70 minimum wage statewide. Critics of the increase have said it will lead to job losses and higher prices. State Rep. Gina Mitten (D-83rd Dist), disagrees. "This new wage has been in force for couple months now and the prices haven't gone, up service stays the same, employees are happy and I'm happy as a consumer." Jonathan Jones from Southwest Diner says he'll also keep the increased minimum wage. "I just think on a personal level, if we can't be at least this maybe we should think about doing something else." According to the proposed ballot issue, the $12 an hour minimum wage would not go into effect right away. It would initially increase minimum wage to $8.60. And then there would be an 85 cent an hour increase each year until it reached $12 in 2023. (KMOV for CBS News)




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