This week, Action Now joined State Rep. Will Guzzardi, local organizations and other community members to introduce new legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour here in Illinois.
We need your help right now to give this bill the best shot of becoming law. Send a letter to Labor & Commerce Committee Chairperson Rep. Jay Hoffman.
As many of you know, raising the wage is an issue that is very close to my heart.
I am happy to have been in this fight since the beginning. We have seen prices rise along with productivity, but wages have remained stagnant. Taxpayers are subsidizing the big corporations because their workers rely on taxpayer funded support programs (SNAP, welfare, etc) while the employers are making billions in profits. Corporate welfare is killing our economy and our families!
Meanwhile the service sector is growing, with more people building careers in this field. But make no mistake, this is not just about fast food work or retail workers. This is also about a recognition that "a rising tide lifts all boats". If we raise the wage-floor, it means earnings for all workers will go up, across all sectors.
It's time to raise the minimum wage and allow workers to make enough money to support their families and get the economy moving again!
We need you to send a letter right now to make sure the $15 minimum wage bill gets out of committee. The corporations that profit by paying poverty wages are going to use all of their resources to fight against this legislation, and we can't sit by and do nothing.
Make your voice heard in the fight for a living wage in Illinois. With your help, we can make sure workers throughout Chicago and the state get the wages they so desperately need.