Minimum Wage and Right to Work
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which translates to $15,080 for a full-time, year-round worker. This is not a living wage, it is starvation pay. According to the Living Wage Calculator developed by economists at MIT, the wage needed to pull a single worker out of poverty in Jackson County, Missouri, is $10.43 an hour. Turning the minimum wage into a living wage is crucial to reducing poverty, tackling inequality and building a strong economy.
Luckily, elected leaders in cities and states around the country are beginning to recognize this fundamental truth. In fact, workers in 22 states, plus the District of Columbia, will see their minimum wages increase in 2017. In Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington, it was the voters themselves who approved ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in each of these states to more than $12 an hour.
Empower Missouri – KC Chapter – advocates for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research
Missouri Jobs with Justice – coalition of community, labor, student, and religious groups in communities across the state
Stand Up KC – fast food and retail workers from across KC coming together to demand good wages and a voice for low-wage workers