"Low wages paid by employers in the fast-food industry create especially acute problems for the families of workers in this industry. Median pay for core front-line fast-food jobs is $8.69 an hour, with many jobs paying at or near the minimum wage. Benefits are also scarce for front-line fast-food workers; an estimated 87 percent do not receive health benefits through their employer. The combination of low wages and benefits, often coupled with part-time employment, means that many of the families of fast-food workers must rely on taxpayer-funded safety net programs to make ends meet."
"In response to growing criticism, industry spokespersons have defended low wages for front-line fast food workers by arguing that these jobs serve as stepping stones to higher-paying managerial positions, as well as to opportunities to eventually own and operate a fast food franchise.
These claims, however, are not supported by the facts. Managerial positions account for only a tiny fraction of jobs in the fast food industry, and opportunities for franchise ownership are even fewer."
"The analysis in this report demonstrates clearly that high levels of poverty and income inequality are strongly correlated with elevated levels of violence, and that raising wages for Chicago’s low- wage workers, along with other targeted anti-poverty and employment programs, is the most effective means of achieving safer streets and stronger communities across the city."
"This report, produced in partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), draws upon current academic research in the field of education policy to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between low wages and educational attainment for students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Our research reveals that raising wages for low-income families in Chicago would lead to higher test scores, graduation rates and college admission rates for CPS students, and would have a direct positive impact on school performance as a whole. "
"Since the Great Recession, the disappearance of middle class jobs has accelerated, and the bulk of new jobs created have been low wage jobs. This report looks specifically at low wage workers in Chicago’s retail and restaurant industries, examining the impact of a wage increase on the workers, their families, their communities, the companies where they are employed, and economic recovery as a whole."