A Win in the Fight for $15

February 20, 2019 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Illinois is the latest state to make a move toward improving wages for workers. More from Common Dreams:

“Illinois workers and local Fight for $15 organizers celebrated a win on Tuesday as newly elected Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law that will gradually raise the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 by 2025. “Fifteen dollars an hour will be life-changing for me. I can barely afford the basic needs for my two sons on my minimum-wage salary. Simple things like whether to buy school supplies for my older boy or formula and diapers for my little one become agonizing choices,” said Fight for $15 member Ieshia Townsend, who works a McDonald’s in Chicago. Pointing out that the new law comes just two years after former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner—who was voted out in November—vetoed similar legislation, Patriotic Millionaires and Illinois residents Michael and Joan Pine said in a statement, “Illinois’ working families will finally get the boost they deserve.” “So long as the federal minimum wage does not keep up with increases in the costs of goods and rising inflation, it will be necessary for states to step in,” the Pines charged. “By Gov. Pritzker making a living wage one of his first priorities, he has shown a commitment to the working class and the businesses that service them.” Reflecting on the past six years of grassroots organizing to raise wages across the state, Townsend shared that “as a single mom and a Black woman on the south side of Chicago, I felt invisible before I joined the Fight for $15 and a union. But by coming together and speaking out, our voices have been heard.” While welcoming the victory on Tuesday, she vowed to continue the fight for a union.”

Tennessee Citizen Action supports a move in Tennessee to establish a state minimum wage and move toward a living wage. In fact, we rolled out a minimum wage increase proposal as part of our People’s Agenda.

 

“It’s time for Tennessee to adopt a state minimum wage,” said Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action. “We should start at $10 an hour and move toward regular increases to keep up with the cost of living. Tennesseans deserve a fair wage for a day’s work. Period. It’s time to take action on the People’s Agenda.”

For more on the fight for economic justice, follow @TNCitizenAction

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