Hundreds of Chicagoans marched down the Magnificent Mile
Thursday, chanting, carrying signs, and demanding a higher wage for downtown’s service
industry and retail workers.
Part of the Workers
Organizing Committee of Chicago’s “Fight For 15” campaign to raise the
minimum wage to $15 per hour, the protest started with a 4 p.m. rally at Cityfront
Plaza. As protesters chanted “we can’t survive on $8.25,” minimum wage
employees spoke of economic hardships and community leaders spoke in support of
raising wages for downtown’s food and retail employees.
“I have a step-child to look after, medical bills I can’t
afford and student loans I have to pay off, but I’m not making enough money,”
said Robert Wilson Jr., 25, a seven-year employee of the McDonald’s on Navy
Pier. Wilson makes $8.35 per hour.
“We work hard for little pay and we deserve way more than
what we’re getting,” he said.
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