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Minimum wage increase will affect Chicago retail jobs

Posted on May 20, 2014

A group newly created in Chicago by the mayor, called the Minimum Wage Working Group of community, will convene to discuss the merits of raising the minimum wage, a move that is sure to affect Chicago retail jobs.

The group will consider options for both short and long-term wage increases for Chicago’s workers to ensure every working Chicagoan has a shot at the middle class.

The group will study other wage increase plans pursued by other cities as well as solicit public input to create a balanced proposal that includes a real wage increase for all minimum wage employees in the short term; accounts for cost of living increases by tying future increases to inflation; and covers tipped employees.

Members include:

Deborah Bennett, Senior Program Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation
Matt Brandon, SEIU Local 73
Carrie Austin, Alderman, Alderman of the 34th Ward and Chairman of the City Council Committee on the Budget and Government Operations
Walter Burnett, Alderman of the 27th Ward and Chairman of the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
Sol Flores, Executive Director, La Casa Norte
Theresa Mintle, CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Emma Mitts, Alderman of the 37th Ward and Chairman of the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Joe Moore, Alderman of the 49th Ward and Chairman of the City Council Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
Ameya Pawar, Alderman of the 47th Ward
Maria Pesqueira, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Ariel Reboyras, Alderman of the 30th Ward and Chairman of the City Council Committee on Human Relations
Bob Reiter, Secretary-Treasurer, Chicago Federation of Labor
JoAnn Thompson, Alderman of the 16th Ward
Sam Toia, President, Illinois Restaurant Association
Tanya Triche, Vice President and General Council, Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Andrea Zopp, President and CEO, Chicago Urban League

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