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by Ellyn Fortino
11:25am
Wed Sep 2

Nearly 1.5 Million IL Workers Could Benefit From A $12 Federal Minimum Wage

A recent report shows that 1.5 million Illinois workers could be affected by a $12 federal minimum wage, which is being proposed under the "Raise the Wage Act."

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:02pm
Thu Apr 30

Economic Experts Make The Case For A $12 Federal Minimum Wage

Experts from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) argue that the U.S. economy could well afford a federal minimum wage increase to $12 an hour by 2020 -- a proposal that could impact nearly 38 million workers.

EPI researchers make their case for a $12 minimum wage in a report released Thursday, the same day the new "Raise the Wage Act" was introduced to Congress by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA,3).

Under the Raise the Wage Act, the federal hourly minimum wage would go up gradually from the current figure of $7.25 to $12 by 2020. Raise the Wage Act proponents are taking to social media Thursday afternoon for a "Twitterstorm" using the hashtags #RaiseTheWage, #12by2020 and #1FairWage.

"If you go to work and work hard for 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty in America," said U.S. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who joined Murray and Scott in introducing the bill. "The Raise the Wage Act will increase wages for 38 million workers -- more than one in four -- and lift millions out of poverty. In Illinois alone, 1.6 million workers -- 28 percent of the state's workforce -- will see an average increase in wages of $3,200 a year. That helps families get off government support programs and give them more money to spend and put back into our economy."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:20pm
Thu Jul 10, 2014

Report: Give Tipped Workers The Regular Minimum Wage

Millions of tipped workers in the United States who face high poverty rates and other challenges would fare better if they earned the same government-mandated hourly minimum wage as non-tipped employees, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Progress Illinois takes a look at the report's findings and recommendations.

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by Aaron Cynic
7:47am
Thu Feb 6, 2014

CTU President, Protesters Push Back Against 'Unjust' Whole Foods Firing

Dozens of demonstrators picketed a Whole Foods Market in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood Wednesday and demanded that store management reinstate an employee they say was unjustly terminated last week. Rhiannon Broschat said she was fired last week after calling off work due to the inclement weather. Broschat, a single mother, was unable to find someone to care for her special needs son Alexander last Tuesday when the Chicago Public Schools cancelled classes. On Wednesday, Broschat received a termination notice for violating the company's attendance policy.

“I called to let them know my struggle,” Broschat said. “To my surprise, they called me back the next day to tell me I was terminated. This left me with questions because we had a new revised attendance policy that stated inclement weather would be an excused absense.”