Allman Analysis: St. Louis Workers Continue Minimum Wage Protests Through Court Delays
ST. LOUIS —
It's been a year-and-a-half since the minimum wage was set to increase in St. Louis City following voter approval in 2015, but workers have not seen higher wages because the increase was challenged in court. Just two weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the wage hike, minimum wage workers are continuing to protest for higher pay. Some are asking for back pay from the period of time the law was set to originally go into effect.
The delays mean that the city has missed one benchmark to increase the minimum wage, and will hit another within the next 8 months should the latest legal challenge not be successful. Workers we talked to say there is no way to live on the current minimum wage. Critics of increasing the minimum wage, and some who outright oppose it say singular minimum wage jobs are not meant for providing for a family and that automated service robots could easily take the place of these workers in the near future.