CHICAGO – The SEIU Illinois State Council applauds Toni Preckwinkle’s plan to push for a $15 minimum wage for Chicago working families by 2021.
Under Preckwinkle’s proposal, the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents every six months before reaching $15 by July 2021. The plan also calls for the Chicago Office of Labor Standards, which is currently in formation, to review the city’s minimum wage on a yearly basis and propose additional minimum wage hikes, if necessary.
“While other candidates fail to commit to a timeline on the issue, Toni Preckwinkle’s bold plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021 proves that she is the true progressive in the race for mayor,” said SEIU Local 1 member Michael Ortiz, a wheelchair attendant at Midway Airport. “A $15 citywide minimum wage will help hundreds of thousands of working people across the city build a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.”