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: http://99uniting.org