CHICAGO (CBS) — Minimum wage workers and community activists came to City Hall on Wednesday to say Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour by 2018 is too little, too late.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the Raise Chicago Coalition, which has been pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, said the mayor’s plan is a good start, but not enough.
Action Now leader Adeline Bracey said minimum wage workers deserve at least $15 an hour, and certainly can’t live on the current Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 per hour.
“I can’t survive on $8.25. My community cannot thrive on $8.25. We are barely alive making $8.25,” Bracey said. “In the words of the rapper, this ain’t no jive, it’s $8.25.”