As Food Prices Are Set to Soar, Area Residents to Rally to Protect Families Purchasing Power via a Minimum Wage Increase

Residents to Demand that Rodney Davis, Illinois Chamber Support Working Families with Measure That Creates Jobs, too

Springfield, Ill.  – As the country suffers its worst drought since 1956, working families will soon face higher grocery bills.  To offset that added economic burden, area residents will call on business leaders and Congressional candidate Rodney Davis to vote for working families by supporting the raise in the minimum wage.  The action will take place Tuesday (July 24) at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The protest is part of “Raise the Wage Day,” a national day of action taking place in more than 30 cities nationwide.  A recent report found that two-thirds of low wage workers are employed by large corporations, and that in the most recent fiscal year, the top-paid executive at each of the 50 largest low wage employers was awarded an average $9.4 million in compensation – even as many of their employees are paid at or near the minimum wage (just over $15,000 per year)

Springfield residents will ask the Illinois Chamber and congressional candidate Rodney Davis to put money in the hands of people who will spend it in local communities by supporting a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour.

“I chose to speak out to these local leaders at the Chamber because I heard that one of their top officials recently said they oppose an increase in the minimum wage,” said minimum wage worker Jordan Humphrey.  “I don’t understand how they can be pro-business and oppose something that will put money in the pockets of people like me who will actually spend it locally and help small businesses grow.”  

 Click here for the National Employment Law Project report on the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage:

About actionnowillinois

Action Now Illinois’s mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice. Action Now Illinois is a member-driven organization. Our issue campaigns come out of listening to community residents through regular monthly meetings, engaging the base by going door-to-door and mobilizing all residents to take part in their community. Our leadership development includes formal leadership training and the active involvement by members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of issue campaigns. Action Now Illinois members are committed to fight for equal rights, equal services, and equal justice for working families. To become a member of Action Now; call (217) 528-1356 or e-mail!
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