Earlier this year, Mayor Emanuel formed a Minimum Wage Working Group to develop a balanced plan to increase the minimum wage in Chicago. The group was tasked with evaluating options for both short- and long-term wage increases for Chicago’s workers. The business, labor, advocacy and elected leaders in the working group have developed a plan that ensures Chicago can move forward with a balanced proposal that gives a boost to all workers, small business owners and the city. On July 8th, 2014, the group recommended that Chicago raise its minimum wage to $13/hour by 2018. To view the group's full recommendations, please visit the link below.
With regard to residents currently working minimum wage jobs, how can we do a better job of connecting them to education and training resources that will develop their skills for future job opportunities?