St. Louis janitor's union rallies for $15 an hour wages

"$8.60 (an hour) is not enough to raise a family. I has to work 2 jobs to make ends meet."

Kevin Killeen
October 24, 2019 - 9:32 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — As the push for $15 per hour minimum wage continues to grow, in St. Louis, union janitors are joining the fight.  
 
Janitors along with the NAACP rallied on the steps of the Old Courthouse Downtown, Wednesday.  

Related: Washington University staff to get $15-an-hour minimum wage
 
Eugene Hubbard, 70, is a janitor and supports the $15 an hour proposal.

"$8.60 (an hour) is not enough to raise a family. I has to work 2 jobs to make ends meet," Hubbard says.


 
Mark Oliver, 22, says like Hubbard, he's also struggling.

"They pay me just below $12 an hour," Oliver says.
 
Union officials say the median hourly rate for some of the 2,000-plus janitors they represent make on average $10.75 an hour.
 
St. Louis County NAACP President John Bowman addressed the crowd, saying "Black residents are three-times more likely to live in poverty than whites residents.
 
"The Ferguson Commission recommended enacting a $15 an hour minimum wage to make our region more equitable," Bowman says.
 
Union janitors are set to begin negotiating new contracts with multiple companies next week.

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