Gov. Rauner’s Veto of the $15 Minimum Wage Bill Took Away Living Wages from Low-Income Caregivers Who Urgently Need a Raise to Survive and Support Their Families.
Hospital Workers Also Take Aim at the Hospital Industry Who Are Making Record Profits in Chicago But Refuse to Pay Frontline Staff $15 an Hour
Friday, June 29, 2018, 10am
Thompson Center, Blue Room, 15th floor
100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
What: Press Conference
Healthcare and child care workers will be joined by elected officials from the City Council and Statehouse to tell Governor Bruce Rauner that Chicago’s current $12 minimum wage isn’t enough for working people to survive on. Workers are calling for a $15 starting wage now.
Gov. Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 81, legislation that would have raised Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour. Rauner’s decision took money away from low-wage caregivers that urgently need a raise and who serve in vital jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, home care and child care along with other industries that pay low wages.
Chicago’s minimum wage will rise to $12 an hour on July 1st, and then $13 an hour on July 1st, 2019. A few municipalities in Cook County such as Evanston and Oak Park adopted the County’s $11 minimum wage ordinance starting July 1st of this year. But for the rest of Illinois the minimum wage is an appalling $8.25 an hour.
Healthcare workers are also focusing on the hospital industry which is one of the region’s biggest and most profitable sectors worth billions of dollars every year. But hospitals refuse to pay frontline workers a $15 starting wage even though they clearly can afford to. Hospital workers say the reason why they are paid poverty level wages and denied a real voice on the job is because of the power and influence of the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), the industry’s lobbying group.
Healthcare workers representing hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and child care
SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana President Greg Kelley
Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward)
Alderman Toni Foulkes (16th Ward)
State Representative Mary Flowers (31st District)