Low-wage workers in Chicago rallied at City Hall Thursday afternoon to celebrate the $15 minimum wage victory for fast food workers in New York.
During the protest, which included a march to a local McDonald's, fast food, home care and other low-wage workers said Chicago should follow suit and enact a $15 minimum wage -- but for workers across all industries.
"Congratulations to fast food workers in New York for winning $15. If it's good enough for New York, it's good enough for Chicago. And if it's good enough for fast food workers, it's good enough for home care workers too, the fastest growing industry in the country," said Chicago home care workers Patricia Evans. "Home care workers and all workers in Chicago need a raise to $15."
The Chicago protest came the same day New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at an event with Vice President Joe Biden that he supports raising New York's statewide minimum wage for all workers to $15 minimum an hour, up from the current $8.75.
The governor launched his campaign for a first-in-the-nation statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour today as he announced that New York's labor commissioner has approved a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers in the state.
Specifically, the labor commissioner OK'ed a recommendation from Cuomo's wage board to lift the hourly minimum wage to $15 for fast food workers in New York City by 2018 and statewide by 2021.
Chicago's minimum wage is currently $10, which is $1.75 higher than the statewide level in Illinois. The city's minimum wage is set to go up to $13 an hour by 2019, but low-wage workers with the Fight for $15 movement have described that pay bump as too little too late.
"In light of our most recent victories in Los Angeles and New York, we're standing committed and together to do whatever it takes to make $15 an hour and union rights a reality for every fast food worker and low-wage worker in the city of Chicago," added Fight for $15 leader and Chicago McDonald's worker Douglas Hunter.