NPR’s Morning Edition profiles Kecia, Springfield Grocery Store Cashier, & the Impacts of Increased Minimum Wage

Nearly 7 million workers, like Kecia Jolley, are seeing a boost in their paychecks this month due to increases in the minimum wage.

Kecia works the closing shift at a Springfield grocery store and her hourly wage is going from $8.60 to $9.45 because of the power of Missouri voters.

This is a great start toward a living wage, but she cannot always get “luxury” items like mascara or new socks.

Nearly 1.5 million Missouri voters agreed that our hard-working neighbors deserve a raise – that’s over 62% voting Yes on Proposition B in 2018. Unfortunately, some politicians and corporate lobbyists tried to gut the well-deserved and hard-fought win last year – and will likely do so again this year.

We need YOUR help. As our legislators kick off the 2020 session, remind them that ALL workers – regardless of our race or zip code – deserve a living wage.

Help us reach more workers.

“We still need to keep pushing forward because hopefully people like me will be able to actually make it every month” – Kecia Jolley, Springfield

Join us in telling our legislators to RESPECT our vote and PROTECT our rising minimum wage.
If you agree Missouri workers deserve a living wage, sign on to our petition here >>> 
Hear more from Kecia (as featured on NPR’s Morning Edition) here.
Has the minimum wage increases affected you? Do you want to help protect these wage increases? Share your story! >>> 

2020 to bring much-deserved raise to Missouri’s minimum-wage workers

Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Approved 2018’s Proposition B to increase Missouri’s Minimum Wage — Missouri workers will see minimum wage increase 85¢ to $9.45 beginning January 1, 2020

Hard-working Missourians will see another wage increase to ring in the new year. In 2018, voters from every corner of our state resoundingly voted Yes on Proposition B to gradually increase Missouri’s minimum wage from $7.85 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023. With 62.34% of the vote and carrying 82 of Missouri’s 114 counties, 31 of 34 State Senate districts, and 145 of 163 State House districts, Proposition B and raising Missouri’s minimum wage was a clear signal and mandate from voters across our state. This 85 cents an hour raise has already resulted in an additional $1,000 a year for Missouri’s full-time, minimum wage workers’ pockets and into their local economies.

“Missouri voters get it,” said Richard von Glahn, Missouri Jobs with Justice Policy Director, “Businesses cannot thrive when their workers —  or customers — are living in poverty.”

Proposition B was endorsed by a diverse and bipartisan coalition of workers, faith leaders, elected officials, and business owners, who continue to defend this voter-passed mandate.

“The minimum wage going up to $9.45 an hour is a big deal for me, my family, and my co-workers. I work hard to take care of my family — 16-hour shifts so I can pay for daycare for my two-year-old daughter, Londyn, along with rent, electric, gas, groceries, and everything else life throws at you. This raise is a step in the right direction to give us some breathing room.” 

Mysean Coleman, a Hall Monitor at Heritage Care Center in St. Louis, who will receive a raise on January 1, 2020

“The reality is, the more money people have, the more money they spend,” said Mary Faucett, owner of Springfield-based Bambino’s restaurant. “More people spending money on life’s necessities like food, diapers, and repairs, this helps businesses across the board. We are already seeing that when wages are raised at the bottom, money goes right back into businesses like ours and our larger community.”

Increasing Missouri’s minimum wage was estimated to impact  677,000 Missourians — or 1 in 4 workers — and may are looking forward to the increase, including Mysean Coleman who works as a Hall Monitor at Heritage Care Center in St. Louis.

Missouri minimum wage workers lobbying in Jefferson City to save their democratically won raise
Missouri Minimum Wage Workers lobbying in Jefferson City to defend their democratically earned raises

“The minimum wage going up to $9.45 an hour is a big deal for me, my family, and my co-workers. I work hard to take care of my family — 16-hour shifts so I can pay for daycare for my two-year-old daughter, Londyn, along with rent, electric, gas, groceries, and everything else life throws at you. This raise is a step in the right direction to give us some breathing room.” 

Multiple deceptive bills were introduced in Missouri’s 2019 Legislative Session to undercut the will of the voters and Missouri workers and at least one of those bills has been re-introduced for the 2020 legislative session.

“We fought hard for this raise and we are not going to let some out-of-touch politicians overturn the will of Missouri voters,” said Khaymen Hoelscher of Columbia, one of the many workers who lobbied to preserve the increase over the past year.  “It’s not just the disrespect to voters like me,” said Cheyenne Mauzy of Springfield, “ it is also that there are politicians who want to make sure some of us workers are forced to only scrape by and never get ahead.”


Save the Date to Celebrate – End of Year Events!

The weather outside is frightful…
But in about a month it’ll be so delightful…
To join all your friends in solidarity…
And let our power show, let it show, let it show…

At our end of year CELEBRATIONS!

We’ve got great events coming up next month including our TENTH annual Scrooge of the Year event in KC, end of year celebration in St. Louis, end of year celebration in Springfield, and our first Columbia celebration!

Check our events for more info or reach out to info@mojwj.org


Tell your Senators – Lower Drug Prices NOW

No matter where you live, what you look like, or what’s in your wallet, at some point you or a loved one will get sick and need prescription medicine. Too many families today can’t afford their prescriptions and are forced to choose between filling prescriptions or paying rent because Big Pharma has rigged the system to maximize their profits at the expense of patients’ health.

Drug companies continue to put their outrageous profits over people’s lives. Big Pharma is lining the pockets of some politicians to protect their profits and avoid responsibility.

It’s up to people like us to fight back. We’re calling on Senators Hawley & Blunt to do their part to lower prescription drug prices now!

Here’s how you can fight back.

Tweet your elected officials!

Now is the time to get our elected officials on the record. As a constituent, ask them – publicly – who’s side are you on? What will you do to lower drug prices?


Share your story

Whether it’s the sky-rocketing and unaffordable price of your insulin, being uninsured, or being hit with a “surprise bill” by your insurance company, your story is powerful and matters.

 

If you’re near KC, Join our Rally to Stop #BigPharma’s Price Gouging

Thursday, October 10th at 4PM
Senator Josh Hawley’s KC District Office
4141 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111