It’s just a union questionnaire… so far
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller
* Greg Hinz at Crain’s…
Is Chicago ready for a $25-an-hour minimum wage?
SEIU, the big union that’s expected to play a major role in this winter’s city elections, is asking candidates seeking its endorsement to take a position on that subject, and the group appears quite serious about that and other strongly pro-labor positions it’s pushing candidates to back. […]
Council President Greg Kelley said the council already has started getting responses from candidates. “No one has said no.” Kelly declined to say if a “yes” came from Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, who has already been endorsed by two SEIU locals. Johnson’s spokeswoman failed to return calls seeking comment.
“We’re the union that started the move for a $15 minimum wage, and that was 10 years ago,” Kelley said in a phone interview. “Just a few days ago, Nebraska, of all places, approved a $15 minimum wage in a referendum. . . .We obviously don’t expect to move to [$25] tomorrow. But we do think it’s time that Chicago move farther than it has.”
The wage question is 30th out of 36…
30. Research has found that increasing Chicago’s minimum wage would not only help many low wage workers but would also help the city’s economy. Would you support a $25/hour minimum wage to bring more money into the working-class economy and grow the tax base?