Living Wage

Everyone who works, regardless of age, should be paid a living wage. Mary Rita supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. She would also peg the minimum wage to inflation to prevent the decrease in value of those wages over time. She has supported the "Fight for 15" for several years, participating in many demonstrations and advocacy efforts in Chicago, the suburbs, and Springfield. She was particularly active in the efforts to pass the Cook County ordinance and then fighting against suburban efforts to opt out of the ordinance. These efforts to prevent the opt-out prevailed in Skokie and Evanston.

She recognizes that $15/hour is barely enough to be considered a living wage but it is far better than the status quo.

An article by Marilyn Katz in an "In These Times" article captures the burden placed on all of us when corporations don't pay all their employees a living wage.

Anti-tax fever seems to be on the rise in Illinois, most recently in editorial and public comments about the Cook County Board of Commissioners’ levy on sugary drinks. But those who’ve fretted about the penny-an-ounce tax—and all of us who didn’t—might want to turn their attention and ire to a far-greater burden on Illinois taxpayers: Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years.

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