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Written by on March 3, 2014

What’s at stake in Chicago’s Minimum Wage Struggle

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Janah Bailey works to survive, as she explains.  She works two fast food jobs so she can keep her family flourishing. And she presents a powerfully personal case for boosting the minimum wage, a presentation the 21-year-old recently made at our media forum on low wage workers. Her cause will be tested on March 18th […]

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Written by on February 18, 2014

The laws that do not protect domestics – Las Trabajadoras Domesticas

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They are the workers forgotten by the law. They care for our children. Clean our  houses. Cook our meals. They deserve decent wages. But they usually don’t even earn close to the mininum wage. That is the life that Victoria, as told here, has lived. We will be hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 11 from people […]

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Written by on February 11, 2014

The Minimum Wage Wave

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Say the minimum wage referendum passes on March 18th across Chicago. Then the drive to do the same takes off in Springfield. And then the fever catches on and the state’s lawmakers embrace legislation to make life better for domestic workers and restaurant workers. What comes next? I’m not a prophet but good sense tells […]

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Written by on February 10, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike and Poverty

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The last time the Illinois Commission for the Elimination of Poverty took a measure of the problem – 760,000 persons living in poverty in 2012 – and traveled the state hearing about the problem, it came to a conclusion. Raise the minimum wage, it said, and explained that: COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION THAT WOULD BE ADVANCED— Improve […]

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Written by on January 23, 2014