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Tuesday, 5 December 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

I migrated north up to Illinois from Texas where I was able to live on only $212 a month in rent. The minimal wage was terrible, but I was able to live. I move up to Chicago where I now pay $825 a month in rent for 600 square feet of space! The space where I was living in Texas was somewhere between 1200 and 1400 square feet. Amazing, isn’t it! Now, battling in Illinois for a higher wage for workers is what is on the docket for G-Rod! I have an update!! Read on!

Project IRENE
Minimum Wage Update

Thank you for your advocacy regarding raising the minimum wage in Illinois. During the veto session, legislation passed to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $6.50 to $7.50 an hour, beginning July 2007. Gov. Blagojevich will sign the legislation.

This legislation also provides for 25 cent annual increases for three years. Therefore, in 2010, the minimum wage in Illinois will be $8.25 an hour. Obviously, this raise will have a positive impact on workers in Illinois, 60% of whom are women.

A provision in the legislation allows employers to pay workers 50 cents less than the designated minimum wage for the first 90 days of employment. This provision adversely affects temporary and day labor workers who don’t usually work for one employer for 90 days. To help resolve this issue, both Senate and House sponsors read into the record language that specifies that this bill is not intended to deny these workers the entire minimum wage. Hopefully, legislation will be passed in January to clarify this issue.

Thank you again for taking time from your Thanksgiving festivities to advocate for a raise in the Illinois minimum wage. Project IRENE was among the list of supporters. You made that support REAL. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Rose Mary Meyer, BVM
Project IRENE
2319 Clarence
Berwyn, IL 60402
708 484-0270
708 484-8373 fax

Join Project IRENE in advocating for justice
regarding women and children in Illinois!

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