Mayor Slay Follows Obama's State of the Union Call to Raise Minimum Wage

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President Barack Obama gives the 2014 State of the Union address.
St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says he's following the president's lead and raising minimum wage paid to all city employees to $10.10.

During the 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on the country's mayors to increase their city's minimum hourly wage, saying he'll lead by example by "giv[ing] America a raise."

"In the coming weeks, I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour -- because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty," Obama said.

Just hours before the State of the Union, Slay posted on Facebook that he would follow President Barack Obama's example by amending city laws to ensure all government employees -- both full and part-time -- received a living wage.

"This is a useful step and an important goal. I hope other employers will follow the President's example," Slay says. "The city of St. Louis will."

See also: Photos: Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay

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Mayor Francis Slay
Slay said he would ask the city's personnel director, the civil service commission and the board of aldermen to amend the city's compensation rules and set the minimum wage at $10.10. He will also ask the supply commissioner for a 30-day plan to raise minimum wage for any employees on small service contracts earning less than $10.10.

"This is a first step, not a final one," Slay says.

All of the city's full-time employees make at least $12.21, $2.11 more than the level Obama proposed Wednesday night, and all city contracts over $50,000 require that employees earn a living wage, Slay says.

But nineteen part-time employees and some workers hired under small city contracts are not earning $10.10. That will change, Slay says.

The Missouri minimum wage rose to $7.50 per hour from $7.35 on January 1 after a successful 2006 ballot measure.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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19 comments
Alex Peck
Alex Peck

What these leaders are saying is "Screw the middle class&give uneducated,worthless people in society a raise".What do you expect from a community organizer from the slums of chicago?

Steve Darden
Steve Darden

Didn't know the mayor could only eat at city restaurants. Also what businesses are leaving the city for the county? Isn't IKEA coming to the city not the county.

Rj Hub
Rj Hub

mayor slay - since there seems to be an excess amount of city money, how about u start TEARING DOWN SOME OF THESE VACANT AND FALLING DOWN HOUSES that are ruining property values??!!!

Anthony Bayless
Anthony Bayless

Srew all these republican trolls. At least he is making an attempt

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

it will still be... wait for it... hold onto your obama bumper stickers... MINIMUM wage. they will just raise prices to absorb that cost. ironic that the party of intelligencia can't grasp that. we value airline pilots more than burger flippers.

Frank Jost
Frank Jost

"But nineteen part-time employees and some workers hired under small city contracts are not earning $10.10. That will change, Slay says." Oh Fran....you're my hero.

Paul Vincent Brough
Paul Vincent Brough

This will literally do nothing but inflate more. We need to fix the problem which is what's backing the money. If you aren't fixing that, then your just making it worse...

Doug Curtis
Doug Curtis

So glad 17 year olds will be able to pay for their warcraft subscriptions now. Please stop beating this tired drum.

Carly Pownall
Carly Pownall

This is for the few city employees that don't make 10.10 an hour? I don't understand why you think that this is so bad for the city?

Martin Gilbertson
Martin Gilbertson

Ummmm...if I'm not a city employee please explain wtf this has to do with me? Or 99.9% of St. Louis' citizens?

Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones

They already make more than 10.10 an hour! So he did nothing.

Timothy Schneider
Timothy Schneider

While the city continues to lose more and more businesses to the county. The brilliant mayor wants to increase expenses for businesses. Oh because the 1% city tax is loved so much by corporations. Funny the number of times the mayor is seen eating at restaurants in the county.

Eric R Bricker
Eric R Bricker

well isnt that nice of him. Thank mayor Slay. Can you help the rest of the job force now Please?

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