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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jul 10

Report: Give Tipped Workers The Regular Minimum Wage

Millions of tipped workers in the United States who face high poverty rates and other challenges would fare better if they earned the same government-mandated hourly minimum wage as non-tipped employees, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Progress Illinois takes a look at the report's findings and recommendations.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 15

Chicago Fast Food Workers Strike For Higher Wages On Global Day Of Action (VIDEO)

Chicago fast food workers hit the picket lines Thursday as part of a massive, worldwide day of strikes for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Progress Illinois provides a snapshot of some of the day's protests.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jan 9

Minimum Wage Lights Up Guv's Race, Study Shows Increase Could Bring 5 Million Out Of Poverty (UPDATED)

About 4.6 million Americans could emerge from poverty if the federal minimum wage was bumped up to $10.10 an hour, a recent study by a University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist shows. Progress Illinois takes a look at the national study as well as the minimum wage battle that has recently cropped up in the race for Illinois governor. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jun 24, 2013

Report: $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Bring 6 Million Workers Out Of Poverty

Bumping the minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour would lift nearly six million workers out of poverty, according to a new report by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization dedicated to bettering the wages and working conditions for restaurant workers.

That’s more than half of the 10.4 million individuals classified as the “working poor” in 2011. People who fall in the working poor category have been part of the labor force for at least 27 weeks, but their incomes are below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 60 percent of the workers who would emerge from poverty via a minimum wage hike proposed in Congress would be people of color, the report found.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue May 7, 2013

Advocates For Women’s, Workers' Rights Say Congress Must Reject The Working Families Flexibility Act

More than 150 women’s, worker and civil rights organizations sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday urging them to reject the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.

The measure, H.R. 1406, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R, AL-2), is expected to go up for a full House vote Wednesday.

Opponents of the bill, which has 168 Republican cosponsors, say it is an empty promise that would do more harm than good for working families.

“The very fact that this is entitled the Working Families Flexibility Act is a joke,” U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, a Democrat from Maryland, said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “It’s a lot of flexibility for employers and zero flexibility for working families. In fact, you could call it the ‘working families to death act,’ because that’s what would result.”