A series of legislative setbacks has forced advocates of a higher minimum wage to evaluate their next steps.
Stand Up KC organizers met Monday at All Souls Unitarian Church to plan out the future after Missouri lawmakers earlier this year voted to ban cities from raising their minimum wage beyond the state’s $7.65 per hour.
“Politics in Missouri are clearly broken,” said Terrence Wise, who is fighting for an increase in the minimum wage. “Any laws that are passed that don’t allow workers to have better pay, steady schedules - anything like that - is truly shameful and the city should do whatever it takes to defend it.”
The group’s organizers plan to encourage Kansas City council members to fight HB 722 and protect the city’s minimum wage increase passed this summer.