On May 20th, 2014, Mayor Emanuel established the Minimum Wage Working Group to develop a balanced plan to increase the minimum wage in Chicago. The Group was tasked with evaluating options for both short and long-term wage increases for Chicago’s workers. The group of business, labor, advocacy and elected leaders on the working group have developed a plan that ensures Chicago can move forward with a balanced proposal that gives a boost to all workers, small business owners and the City. The Mayor asked that the group study other wage increase plans pursued by other cities to create a proposal that includes a real wage increase for all minimum wage employees in the short term; accounts for cost of living increases by tying future increases to inflation; and covers tipped employees.
On July 8th, 2014, the Working Group submitted its final report recommending that the City establish a minimum wage of $13 by 2018. This increase would raise wages for approximately 410,000 workers and add $800 million to Chicago’s economy over four years. The full report is available HERE.
Public Engagement Process
The Mayor requested that the Working Group facilitate for robust public input and deliver a final report in July. To solicit input, the Working Group hosted a series of public meetings on the following dates:
Working Group Members
The Minimum Wage Working Group is chaired by John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Will Burns, Alderman of the 4th Ward. Members include: