St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on Friday, Jan. 17, signed Executive Order #65 establishing a new $15-per-hour as the new minimum wage for all St Louis civil service employees.
This increase, one of several initiatives Krewson is pursuing to address chronic understaffing across all City departments, will take effect in mid-February.
“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 is asking the Civil Service Commission and Board of Aldermen to approve a one-time lump sum pay increase of $1,000 and an increase (from current 1.5 percent) to three percent in the annual merit increase available on civilian employees’ anniversary date for the next two fiscal years beginning in June.
City police officers and fire fighters received a $6,000 raise in 2018. City Director of Personnel Richard Frank is currently in negotiations with Labor representatives and expects to announce a new compensation package in the not too distant future.
“Our employees are important to us. Due to tight budget constraints over the last 10 years, civil service civilian City employees have not received the raises they deserve,” Krewson said. “Our employees faithfully serve our residents, businesses, and institutions. They deserve to share in the positive momentum we’re building for our city.”