Contact:  Jose Oliva
National Policy Coordinator
Restaurant Opportunities Center United
Chicago, IL 
Phone: 773-612-2559
Contact:  Karen Spradlin
Faith Organizer
Let Justice Roll
Springfield, VA 
Phone: 405-213-3282

Take Action to Raise Illinois Minimum Wage

Mar 31 2011

The current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour means only $17,000 a year for a full-time child care worker, health aide, security guard or other minimum wage worker, which is not enough to live on.

Illinois Faith Leaders Letter

Dear Senators and Representatives:

As leaders in our faith communities, we call on the Illinois General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage and thereby foster economic recovery for our families, our communities and our state.

It’s Time to Occupy for the Minimum Wage

Op-ed by Courtney Dufford
Journal Standard (IL), Jan 29 2012

The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement is demanding. Amid the apparent indecision, supporters can take a huge first step — and one that wouldn’t cost taxpayers, rich or poor, a penny — by rallying around an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Religious leaders, labor activists urge [Illinois] minimum wage hike

By Gregory Tejeda
Northwest Indiana Times, Mar 8 2011
CHICAGO | Religious leaders and labor activists in the South Chicago and East Side neighborhoods said Tuesday they want Illinois lawmakers to approve an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Illinois' minimum wage is $8.25 per hour.

The group is in favor of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, that calls for annual increases between 50 and 65 cents until 2014, when the minimum wage would reach $10.65 per hour.

Groups tout increasing minimum wage

By Mary J. Cristobal
Alton Telegraph, Feb 14 2011
SPRINGFIELD — More dimes in the pockets of Illinois residents would lead to more spending.

At least that’s what labor union and community organizations said during a news conference held last Thursday to support a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage up to more than $10 per hour within four years.

An increased minimum wage could stimulate the economy, said Ron P. Baiman, an economist from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Restaurant Workers Nationwide Hold Actions To Increase Minimum Wage

Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Feb 18 2009

After nearly 20 years of struggling under a stagnated federal minimum wage of $2.13, thousands of restaurant workers across the country have declared "2-13" (February 13th) a National Day of Action for Tipped Workers. In seven different cities across the country, they have organized a series of public actions that will highlight the need to raise the federal minimum wage. Restaurant workers are demanding that the tipped minimum wage be raised to at least 60% of the regular minimum wage.

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