CLAYTON — St. Louis County will raise its minimum wage over the next two years to $15 per hour for the lowest-paid county employees and request the same for contract employees as those contracts are renewed, County Executive Sam Page said Thursday.
City Treasurer Tishaura Jones last year did the same when she won approval of a new $15 minimum wage for 99 of her office’s lowest-paid jobs, including many in the city parking division. The treasurer’s office is an independent elected post and not part of the city civil service system.
The statewide minimum wage set by Missouri law is $9.45 an hour, up from $8.60 in 2019. The federal minimum wage, which hasn’t changed since 2009, is $7.25 an hour.
Area janitors have also been seeking a wage of at least $15 an hour from cleaning contractors.
Page said: “We wish we could have done it sooner, but as you know … we’ve had a very busy couple of years trying to get county government working again, operationally. We’ve been busy trying to restore trust in county government and the next step of our plan has always been to start tackling some of the complex policy questions that are before us.”
Raising the minimum wage to $15 was also one of the calls to action from the Ferguson Commission. The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation who served as the commission's co-chair, tweeted that he was pleased Page "took this important step."
I’m pleased that @DrSamPage took this important step, headed toward the @StlChange call-to-action & aligned w/ work across #StLouis for $15/hour. @deaconessfound stands w/ the #FightFor15 & #OneStLouis leaders working for the economic equity our children & families deserve. https://t.co/Ki4ddO6Beb
— Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson (@RevDrStarsky) January 30, 2020
Page said he also asked staff members to identify county employees who have not received raises in recent years, determine what would be fair wages and figure out ways to increase pay.