minimum wage

On The Trail
5:24 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Illinois Faces Surprising Struggle To Raise Minimum Wage

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is supporting a non-binding ballot initiative to raise the Land of Lincoln's minimum wage. He said the initiative may help move the issue forward in the Illinois General Assembly.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin knows firsthand the difficulty in getting a minimum wage increase passed through a legislative body. 

The Illinois Democrat was unsuccessful in getting the U.S. Senate to increase the federal minimum wage this year. Even if Senate Republicans hadn’t filibustered that effort, it would likely have gone nowhere in the GOP-controlled House.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Winners and Losers Of Raising The Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers protesting outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis in May 2014.
Credit Jess Jiang/St. Louis Public Radio

After the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour earlier this month, the discussion over the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage continues to heat up. In Missouri, the minimum wage is $7.50 an hour, 25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Most can agree there will be winners and losers if a wage increase happens in Missouri, but who the losers would be and the overall effect on the economy still remain up for debate.

Lindenwood University economist Howard Wall is against raising the minimum wage.

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Minimum Wage Debate
6:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Join The Global Strike For $15 An Hour

Fast-food workers protested outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis as part of an international strike pushing for higher wages.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Fast food workers around the globe and in St. Louis went on strike Thursday. Workers, wearing black T-shirts that say "Show Me $15," rallied in front of a Wendy's in south St. Louis. The workers are asking for $15 an hour, about double what many workers currently receive. 

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Minimum Wage
4:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Pi Pizzeria Owner Won't Wait On Congress To Raise His Minimum Wage

Pi Pizzeria and Gringo owner Chris Sommers talks to a television reporter at one of his locations in Downtown St. Louis. Sommers will now pay all of his employees at least $10.10 an hour.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Chris Sommers is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the minimum wage. 

Sommers is the owner of six Pi Pizzerias restaurants and Gringo in the Central West End. Instead of waiting for Congress or the Missouri General Assembly to act, he’s heeding President Barack Obama’s call for business owners to voluntarily raise the minimum wage his employees.

Starting on April 1, everybody who works at one of Sommers’ restaurants will make at least $10.10 an hour. It’s a move Sommers said will help entry-level workers make a decent living.

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Minimum Wage
3:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Group Presents Minimum Wage Petitions To Sen. Blunt's Office

Shnette Hooker (L) talks with Allison Dreith of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition in Clayton. The two dropped off petitions to Sen. Roy Blunt's office in Clayton in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Raising the minimum wage would be a big help for people like Shnette Hooker, an employee at a McDonald’s in Spanish Lake. Hooker said, it would allow people “to save a little money,” “take care of their kids” and “get off the assistance that everybody is on.” 

But more than just that, Hooker said boosting the minimum wage is a matter of fairness.

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St. Louis on the Air
9:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Jefferson Cowie On Economic Inequality, Organized Labor And The Working Class

St. Louis workers on strike to raise the minimum wage.
Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson Cowie is a professor in Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations teaching courses in labor relations, law and history.  His most recent book, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class served as inspiration for Rebecca Gilman’s play, “Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976” which is now playing at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  While Cowie was in St.

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Economy & Innovation
9:42 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Commentary: Working Women Explain Much Of The Change Since 1960 In Income Distribution

More women are graduating from college and getting high-paying jobs.
Credit Marinela

Income inequality in the United States is a hot-button political issue in this mid-term election year. Advocates for substantial increases in the minimum wage, for instance, believe that imposing higher wages on employers will reduce poverty and lessen income inequality. The evidence just does not justify this claim. Workers who remain employed after the increase are made better off on the backs of those workers who face reduced hours or unemployment following government-mandated wage hikes.

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On the Trail
3:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Despite National Focus, Missouri Minimum Wage Vote Faces Murky Future

Democrats are hoping that focusing on increasing the minimum wage will pay dividends come election time. But chances of a Missouri ballot initiative are up in the air, at best.
Credit Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

President Barack Obama sent a message during his State of the Union address to every mayor, governor and state legislator who want to increase the minimum wage: Don't wait on Congress, Americans will support more local government initiatives.

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Opinion
8:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Commentary: Of Vitamins and Wage Hikes, Evaluating Stimulants

Vitamin supplements: Good or bad?
Credit Ragesoss | Wikipedia

Epistemology is the study of knowledge. The dictionary defines it as “that department of philosophy which investigates critically the nature, grounds, limits, and criteria, or validity, of human knowledge; Theory of cognition.” Woody Allen once called it the intellectual discipline that asks the question, “can we know what we know and if not, how do we know that?”

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Safety Net
6:47 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Commentary: The ‘Frugal Comfort’ Of Minimum Wage

Workers demonstrate in support of a higher minimum wage earlier this month.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

A push is going on to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage. While some increase may be justified, that would make it more than a safety net.

 The Churchillian observation raises an interesting question: why should the queen concern herself with the minimum wage? After all, she’s always been rather well compensated for her labors, whatever those may be. 

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