Breaking News!: Cook County Board passes Minimum Wage Increase Ordinance giving a wage increase to 200,000 suburban Cook County workers!
After over 1 year of working alongside The People’s Lobby in a fight for economic and worker justice in Cook County, we have come to a victory! This afternoon, the Cook County Board of Commissioner voted to pass a minimum wage increase to bring suburban Cook County wages inline with the City of Chicago. The first increase for workers in suburban Cook County will come on July 1, 2017 with a $1.75/hour raise for workers (bringing minimum wage to $10/hour). The full implementation of the ordinance will occur in 2020 with the minimum wage reaching $13/hour.
This is so important because the minimum wage raise will occur for over 200,000 workers throughout the County! A suburban Cook County low wage worker’s current annual earnings are roughly $14,500. These are the workers who have a 70% chance of staying in their low paying jobs out of sheer necessity. The new minimum wage ordinance will be especially impactful for workers who live in Rogers Park, but work in Evanston. Roughly 40% of Cook County residents live in the suburbs. This was able to happen because of the pressure that we built up in support of the Responsible Business Act and in support of workers rights at the County level!
We know that this gets us closer to a living wage, but isn’t the full picture. Support us in our continued fight! Click here to make a financial investment in ONE Northside to support innovative and powerful community organizing that makes real change!