Take Action to Raise Illinois Minimum Wage

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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. The minimum wage would be about $10 today if it had kept pace with the rising cost of living since the 1960s. The campaign calls for restoring the historic value of the minimum wage ($1.60 in 1968, which is $10.03 adjusted for inflation in 2010 dollars) with annual increases of 50 cents plus inflation. After its historic value is restored, the minimum wage should be adjusted annually so it does not again fall behind the rising cost of living.

If you live or work or have members in Illinois, use the links below to call for an increased minimum wage and/or share with Illinois colleagues:


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAISE ILLINOIS CAMPAIGN AND SIGN UP FOR REGULAR ALERTS at www.raiseillinois.com

To get involved in the campaign Contact:
Melissa Josephs, Campaign to Raise the Illinois Minimum Wage and Director of Equal Opportunity Policy, Women Employed

Email: mjosephs [at] womenemployed [dot] org, Phone: 312-782-3902 x 234