City of Chicago contractors and subcontractors will have to provide an hourly minimum wage of at least $13 to their workers under an executive order Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sign Wednesday.
According to the mayor's office, the executive order is expected to impact approximately 1,000 workers, including security officers and landscapers as well as maintenance and custodial employees. The order will cover city contracts announced after October 1, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, an ordinance backed by the mayor that would gradually boost the city's hourly minimum wage from the current $8.25 to $13 by 2018 is pending in the city council. Aldermen are waiting to consider the measure, which was introduced in July, until after the November General Election, so as not to dissuade Springfield lawmakers from taking up a statewide minimum wage hike during the fall veto session. Illinois voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on a non-binding ballot referendum in November about raising the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.