St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones is planning to raise minimum wages to $15 per hour in her budget for Fiscal Year 2020.
The minimum wage increase would take effect for all departments she oversees, including treasury, the office of financial empowerment and the parking division, which employs the largest number of workers.
“A $15 minimum wage helps retain good employees and provide better service to the people of St. Louis,” said Jones. “And we are providing not just jobs, but family-sustaining careers. This is the right thing to do to improve lives and improve city services for the people of St. Louis.”
The increase to $15 would affect about 100 workers. Additional cost to the city would be about $500,000, according to the treasurer’s office.
Minimum wage timeline
(St. Louis Treasurer’s Office)
• 2012: Many employees earn the minimum wage of $7.35, even those who have worked in the office for decades.
• 2013: Treasurer increases minimum wages to $8.25 for part-time and $8.75 for full-time employees.
• 2014: $10.10 minimum wage established as President Obama suggests in State of the Union.
• 2017: St. Louis votes to raise the minimum wage to $10. State lawmakers reverse the increase.
• 2018: Jones raises the minimum wage to $11, the “fair wage” that would have taken effect if St. Louis’s law had remained in effect.
• 2019: $15 minimum wage announcement.
Workers can view and apply for open jobs at www.stltreasurer.org/jobs.