City of Chicago Considers Living Wage Ordinance

Alderman Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward) introduced a living wage ordinance on April 14th, 2010 that would require large retailers (those that employ at least 50 employees) benefiting directly or indirectly from City subsidies, including tax increment financing, to pay a “living wage” of at least $11.03 per hour.  The proposed ordinance was introduced the day before the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to vote on the Pullman Park project, a 180-acre mixed-use development anchored by the City’s first Wal-Mart supercenter that would also include 850 homes, a hotel, a community recreation center, a park and senior apartments.

A similar ordinance introduced earlier this year was not adopted by the City Council.  Mayor Daley vetoed a big-box minimum-wage ordinance in 2006.

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