Tell your Legislators: Don't Repeal Our Minimum Wage- We voted for it by 76% in 2006
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Save Our Raise Benefit Show to Protect Missouri's Minimum Wage
Friday, April 22, 2011 9pm at Gusto Lounge
Featuring musical acts: Under the Black Sails, Red Kate and Dream Wolf
Gusto Lounge has agreed to match the first $200 raised by this benefit concert. The show is FREE, but your generous donations are greatly appreciated. The donations from this benefit will go to cover the cost of our minimum wage campaign- printing literature, web-hosting fees, lobby day car rentals, gas money, lunches and more.
This is our first ever Benefit for our minimum wage efforts- let's make it a good one. Come out and listen to some rock & roll, meet some low- and minimum-wage workers and find out how you can help us defend Missouri's Minimum Wage this year- and next year.
HB 61- which repeals the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment currently tied to our minimum wage- passed in the House in early April.
Our State Senators need to hear our opposition! And, we need to tell Governor Nixon to VETO any bill that weakens our minimum wage- if it comes across his desk in May.
In 2006, 76.4% of Missourians voted to pass Proposition B to raise the minimum wage in Missouri. Attached to the bill was a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)- to protect our most vulnerable workers by annually raising the minimum wage with inflation.
Every year SINCE 2006, Missouri legislators have tried to strip our minimum wage in some way: tipped employees, the COLA, and young workers have all been targeted by the Pro-Big Business, Anti-Workers lobbyists.
Now, House Bill 61 threatens to repeal the minimum wage YOU voted for- by removing the annual cost of living increase. That means when the economy recovers, our lowest paid workers will fall further and further behind every year.
Current hourly minimum wage under Missouri law
Current minimum wage under federal law
Full time annual salary of a minimum wage worker
Poverty level for a family of three, 2010
Percentage of Missourians that voted in favor of increasing minimum wage for all workers, including tipped employees in 2006, as well as a cost of living adjustment for all workers
Percentage of Missouri countiesthat voted to raise the minimum wage by a margin 16 points or more
Estimated number of minimum wage workers in Missouri (2008)
Percentage of Missouri minimum wage workers that are adults 20 or older
Percentage of Missouri minimum wage workers that are heads of household, whose income comprises more than half the family’s income
Percentage of Missouri minimum wage workers that are working parents