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by Steven Ross Johnson
2:15pm
Fri Jul 20, 2012

Advocates Say Low Wages At Chain Restaurant Illustrates Need For Higher Minimum Wage

Calls to raise the state’s minimum wage were heard throughout the streets of Chicago’s downtown area Thursday, as members of a local community group picketed outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant alleging its crew employees did not earn enough in order to keep up with rising living expenses.

About 25 members of the community organization Action Now took part in the rally, which was held near the corner of State and Lake Streets, as demonstrators held signs and chanted slogans similar to what has been seen over the past year at a typical Occupy Chicago protest.

The group said the state’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour did not constitute a “livable” wage, and only helped to keep low-wage workers impoverished.

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by Brandon Campbell
10:33am
Mon Jun 4, 2012

Chicago Worker Claims Exploitation, Demands Back Pay

A bridal shop worker, who claims she was exploited then fired by her former employer, was joined by a group of labor-rights activists in a picket line outside of the Little Village Discount Mall on the city’s West Side Saturday afternoon.

Noemi Hernandez, a 22-year-old single mother, said she’s worked at Gislex Bridal, located in the mall, since last July but was fired on May 4th after complaining to her employer, Maribel Flores, that she wasn’t earning minimum wage or being paid for overtime work.

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by Ellyn Fortino
10:41am
Mon Jan 30, 2012

Study: Low Wages For Restaurant Workers Costs More In The Long Run

Restaurant workers are paid far less than other occupations, but low wages actually mean higher costs for restaurants, a report published last week by Cornell University and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United shows.

The report, "Taking the High Road"—which included interviews with owners and various workers of 33 fine dining, quick-serve and other restaurants in eight U.S. cities including Chicago—found restaurant owners who pay their employees a livable wage with benefits and opportunities for advancement can still make a profit.

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