WHY IT MATTERS
Today, 48,000 Kansas Citians are employed in some of the world’s largest and most profitable fast food and retail corporations. But they work in our city’s worst paying jobs.
The average fast food worker is now 28 years old and the average retail worker is 38. Both make about $7.35/hour, have no healthcare, no paid sick days or vacation pay, and face daily discrimination. Top brands like McDonald’s make $5.4 billion in profit, pay their CEO $14 million, and have over 500 locations city-wide. It would take the average retail worker 823 years to earn what Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson earns in a year.
But fast food and retail workers won’t accept these facts any longer. Right now fast food and retail workers are sticking together to fight for higher pay so they can afford basic needs, like groceries, housing and transportation.
CALLS TO ACTION
Say NO to MO SB 701 and MO HB 1906 - These bills hurt workers' rights. They are akin to MO HB 1413, passed in 2018 and ruled unconstitutional. That bill took rights away from state employees and added requirements that other unions did not have. Missouri has constitutional right to collective bargaining.
Say NO to MO HB 1559 - This bill exempts exempts private school employees from the mandates of Prop B (minimum wage increase) and it targets low-wage workers like custodians, dietary aides and school bus drivers
Email your representative bit.ly/SaveMoWage
House Votes to Partially Repeal Voter-Approved Prop. B Minimum Wage Hike
The House of Representatives voted 94-53 to send Republican-sponsored legislation to the Senate that would partially repeal a minimum wage increase Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018.
House Bill 1559 would exempt private schools from adhering to Proposition B and allow them to go back to paying the previous state-wide minimum wage of $7.85 an hour.
Democrats unanimously opposed the bill, while all but a few Republicans supported it. Voters approved Proposition B, with 62.3 percent support in November 2018, which gradually increases the standard state-wide minimum wage to $12 an hour over several years.
What you can do: Tell your legislators to respect the will of voters. And then, vote blue.
BILLS WE ARE WATCHING
Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC support (green) or opposition (red).
We will be ranking more pieces of proposed legislation in the 2020 session. If you'd like to help us sort through the bills related to economic justice, minimum wage, workers' rights and the right to unionize, go to our volunteer form, here.
**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**