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Mayor orders $15 minimum wage for city civil service workers

CITY HALL – Starting in the middle of February, all civil service employees working for the city of St. Louis will make at least $15 an hour. 

The change will happen after Mayor Lyda Krewson signed on Friday an executive order making $15 an hour the new minimum wage for civil service employees.

According to a statement from the mayor’s office, the order is one of several efforts Krewson is making to deal with a serious problem with understaffing in city departments and attract good workers. 

“From tree trimmers, to grass cutters, to accountants, to police officers, to dispatchers … you name it, we need more of them,” Krewson said. “Constantly having positions go unfilled is hurting our ability to provide good services to our residents. More competitive pay is the right thing to do and will boost morale, reduce turnover, and help fill these open positions.”  

Krewson also plans to ask the Civil Service Commission and Board of Aldermen to approve a one-time lump sum pay increase of $1,000 and a boost in civilian employees’ annual merit increase, which is 1.5 percent now, to 3 percent. The increases on the workers’ anniversary date would be for the next two fiscal years starting in June.

Because of tight budgets in the last decade, raises for civil service workers were limited, and there were some furloughs.  

Jim Merkel

southsidemerkel@gmail.com Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit www.jimmerkelthewriter.com.

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