Fight for 15 Statement On Minimum Wage Recommendation by Mayor Emanuel’s “Minimum Wage Working Group”

Fight for 15 Statement On Minimum Wage Recommendation by Mayor Emanuel’s “Minimum Wage Working Group”

WOCC released the following statement on the recommendation by Mayor Emanuel’s Min Wage Working Group.

The Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC) of the Fight for 15 is proud to be at the forefront of the living wage movement in Chicago. For almost two years, hundreds of Chicago fast food workers have fought endlessly for a $15 living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation. WOCC members have gone out on strike five times, have held more than 50 actions across the city, and most recently took part in the largest ever labor protest at McDonald’s Headquarters that culminated in the arrest of 101 McDonald’s workers. Any recommendation that is less than $15 is an insult to the hundreds of fast food workers that have risked their jobs and made sacrifices for the well-being of this city. Chicago fast food workers will not sit back and wait for politicians to act, we will continue to bring our fight to the $200 billion a year fast food industry until we win.

In the Chicago metro area there are 80,930 frontline fast food workers. An adult with one child needs to make $20.86 an hour working full time in the Chicago area just to afford the basics, according to a model developed by a professor at MIT.

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