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December 10, 2014

The Chicago Federation of Labor Praises Chicago’s Increase in the Minimum Wage

City Council passes ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for all workers.

(CHICAGO) – The Chicago Federation of Labor applauds Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council for passing an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for all workers in Chicago to $13 per hour by 2019.

“No one who works full time should have to live in poverty,” said Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez. “Raising the minimum wage will lift an estimated 70,000 low-wage workers across the City out of poverty. It will increase the purchasing power of thousands of workers, which in turn will create jobs and give our economy a much needed boost. This is a critical step in providing families the middle-class lifestyle that all workers deserve.”

The Chicago Federation of Labor supported the Mayor’s establishment of a Minimum Wage Working Group, commissioned with developing a balanced plan to increase the minimum wage in Chicago. When the results were published, the Chicago Federation of Labor Executive Board unanimously passed a motion to endorse the recommendations made by the Working Group to raise the minimum wage.

Ramirez added, “Chicago is leading the way to increasing the minimum wage across the state. I commend Mayor Emanuel on his leadership around such an important issue.”


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The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO in the United States representing 300 local unions comprised of over half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.