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Mississippi Market is moving our organizational base (minimum) wage to $15 starting on June 29, 2020. At the same time the $2 hourly bonus that has been in place for staff since March 9th will end. Reaching a $15 base wage has been a goal of ours for a number of years and we’ve made steady and significant progress towards it. If we were to follow city of St. Paul requirements we would reach that rate in 2023. Recent events, however, have led us to make this change now. Enacting the higher minimum wage now is important because:

  • It tangibly demonstrate our appreciation for the tremendous efforts of our staff. The work they do has always been important and this new starting rate reflects the essential nature of the job. Our staff play a key role in our success.
  • Providing values based leadership is especially important at this critical juncture in our nation’s history. This change aligns with the values of Mississippi Market and the cooperative movement.
  • A higher starting rate supports systemic change in our community. Financial health is a necessary part of confronting the many structural challenges (race, gender, socio-economic status, etc.) in our society.
  • This change will help us attract and retain a committed, engaged, and high performing team.

We have not taken this decision lightly and are not underestimating the challenges it will present us. After all, in order to lead by our values, deliver the service your expect and deserve, provide a good workplace, and support systemic change we need to first be financially sustainable. We will continue our hard work to maintain a successful grocery co-op and to serve as a source of positive change in our communities.