Every woman deserves a fair wage.
Did you know that a full-time worker earning minimum wage in Illinois makes just over $17,000 a year? Could you and your family pay for rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and medical care on that? Unlikely. But that’s precisely what too many workers are forced to do. The majority of minimum wage earners aren’t teenagers, but women and men supporting families. In fact, 80 percent of minimum wage workers are adults, and 59 percent are women.
As part of a statewide coalition of advocates, Women Employed successfully led the charge to raise Illinois’ minimum wage! Illinois lawmakers recently passed a bill that will increase the state's minimum wage to $9.25/hour on January 1, 2020, and gradually raise it to $15/hour by 2025. Here are a few reasons why this matters:
- A working person making Illinois’ current minimum wage of $8.25 an hour earns just $17,160 annually.
- Nearly 40 percent of Illinois workers will receive a raise if we increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.
- Illinois taxpayers could save over $1 billion a year in public subsidies as more workers will be earning enough to support themselves.
- A higher minimum wage puts money in the pockets of people who will spend it, spurs economic activity, and would generate new jobs.
Read even more about the benefits of raising Illinois’ minimum wage. Read article »
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