And while Mayor Emanuel may just be doing this politically, I don't understand why getting minimum wage up to $13 as recommended is still not enough for Fight for 15. Well they are advocates who want what they want so they're doing their jobs I suppose. Then again it only opens up another argument.
If $8.25/hr isn't enough at least in this state or $7.25 isn't enough nationally, what is enough? What would be satisfactory for mimimum wage workers or at least those who want to make more money.
Whether you raise the price floor to $13, $15, or even $100 an hour nothing will change the fact that we're talking about starter jobs. These jobs will help you gain work experience and you learn skills that should last you a lifetime. And hopefully you work hard and you will get raises or even a promotion.
Although I also understand where some of this comes from. Perhaps a lot of these minimum wage workers some of whom maybe active in Fight for 15 are working dead end jobs and haven't been able to make a move because of the job market.
You know raising the minimum wage may be the right track but because businesses care about making money this may be the wrong move.
- Emanuel panel recommends raising minimum wage to $13 - Sun-Times
- Emanuel task force: Raise Chicago minimum wage to $13 by 2018 - Chicago Tribune
- Emanuel backs $13-an-hour minimum wage - Greg Hinz Crain's
- Panel says Chicago minimum wage should be $13 - AP