On Wednesday, Saint Luke’s Health System announced their new permanent minimum wage for employees will be $15 per hour.

Hospital administration said the move is a show of gratitude and will support frontline staff during the pandemic.

“Each Saint Luke’s employee plays a vital role in our mission of delivering excellence in health care. And that has never been clearer than during these long months of the COVID pandemic,” said Dr. Melinda L. Estes, Saint Luke’s Health System President and CEO.

But labor activists say to them this is a big win for low-paid workers.

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