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Tell the Cook County Board: $13 Minimum Wage Today!
October 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $13 per hour. We need to pack this hearing to show strong support for this ordinance!
At the urging of The People’s Lobby, Cook County Commissioners Larry Suffredin and John Daley introduced an ordinance to raise the Cook County Minimum Wage to $13 per hour. This will bring Chicago’s minimum wage increase to 2.5 million people living in suburban Cook County, where the minimum wage is still $8.25.
Although it falls short of the $15 per hour we believe is ideal, if passed, this ordinance would give a significant raise to hundreds of thousands of workers in Cook County. When fully implemented, a $13 minimum wage would put an additional $9,880 in the pockets of full-time minimum wage workers each year.
You probably remember that The People’s Lobby has been fighting for almost two years to pass the Cook County Responsible Business Act — a ground breaking ordinance that would offer corporations a choice: pay your workers $15 per hour or pay a fee to Cook County to cover the costs of social services that poverty wage workers need to survive. Due to pressure from the corporate lobby, we’ve met very stiff resistance to the Responsible Business Act. Therefore, we’ve introduced this minimum wage ordinance to force a heavily Democratic Cook County Board to take a firm stand supporting higher wages for workers.