CHICAGO (CBS) — Even as President Obama and Governor Quinn push for a $10 an hour minimum wage across the state and nation, there’s a referendum on some Chicago ballots to boost the pay even higher.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports that aldermen like the South Side’s Leslie Hairston say $10 isn’t enough.
They back a ballot measure calling on major corporations to pay a $15 an hour “living wage” so workers aren’t stuck in poverty.
Fast Food worker Janah Bailey says for companies making millions, this is only fair:
But retailers insist they’d be forced to hire fewer people if pay were higher.
Ald.Toni Follkes, a former food service worker, says she knows from experience you can’t really feed a family on $10 an hour.
Gloria Warner, president of the group “Action Now” says a strong advisory vote for $15 an hour will send a message.
Several wards will vote on the measure March 18.