CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen have overwhelmingly approved a plan to gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour over the next five years.
The vote was 44-5 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan at a special City Council meeting Tuesday.READ MORE: Sources: Illinois State Police Member, Woman Found Shot Dead In Car On Southeast Side
The increase in Chicago’s minimum wage would start with a boost from the state minimum of $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour on July 1, 2015. It would then go up to $10.50 in 2016, $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018, and $13 in 2019.
After 2019, the city’s minimum wage would go up each year at a rate equal to the rise in the Consumer Price Index.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the ordinance would help ensure people who work full-time jobs don’t have to live in poverty.
Asked why they’ll have to wait more than four years, the mayor noted the minimum wage hasn’t gone up since 2007.
“So, when you say it hasn’t, it would take five years, that’s because the task force recommended a methodical step-by-step increase, knowing full-well that, since 2007, it has been frozen,” he said.