The Minimum Wage train will be headed back to Springfield on Thursday, May 17th, and a group of PCG advocates will be on board along with other faith leaders and community activists. We will, once again, be talking to our legislators about the importance of raising the Illinois minimum wage. You may not be on the train, but you still have an important role to play in this important effort. One of the ways to get on board is to call or e-mail your Senator and Representative and ask them to support SB 1565 when it comes to the floor. A message to your Senator is particularly urgent since the bill must pass the Senate in order to move to the House for consideration. Your voice will make a great contribution to this advocacy initiative.
We fully expect for SB 1565 to be heard and voted out of the Executive Committee on Wednesday, May 16th (today!) so your calls or e-mails will come at exactly the right time. Tell your legislators that you want them to support working family values by voting for SB 1565. The bill calls for an incremental increase from $8.25 an hour to about $10.65 in the state’s minimum wage over the next three years. This increase will help cover the day-to-day expenses of low-wage workers, stimulate local economies, and create jobs as demand for goods and services go up.
Raising the minimum wage is good policy, it’s good for families, and it’s good for communities, but there’s some strong opposition out there. We need your voice! This is one way that you can make a positive difference for families across Illinois who work at minimum-wage jobs but still live in poverty.
Legislators want to hear from their constituents, i.e., those who live in their districts. Make sure your Senator hears from you about raising the minimum wage this year.