Friday, August 31 - Labor Day Weekend

Actions You Can Take Today

 

  • Action 1: Call on your State legislators to raise the minimum wage in Illinois

  • Action 2: Go to the Labor Day Parade and Festival. Saturday September 1st 11:00am - 10:00pm

    • Listen to the history of Scabby the Rat at WBEZ
    • Parade starts at Eggers Grove (112th and Ewing Ave between State Line Road and Ewing)
    • Find out more about the full Chicago Friends of Labor Festival on Facebook. Calumet Park• 9801 S Ave G, Chicago, IL 60617

 

This Monday is the Labor Day!

Organized Labor has been hit from many sides in recent years. But at the same time, the teacher's strikes proved that unions are still important and can still be successful. Read up on the current state of labor in the US, and what could be ahead for workers as unions evolve; Then follow up with our actions...

  • Take a look at the public's support for unions in Splinter
  • Read about the current state of the American labor movement, and assesses what its future might look like in Vox

 

Action 1: Urge your State Legislators to raise the minimum wage in Illinois 

In 2018 eighteen states started the year with increases to the minimum wage. Illinois was not one of them. The minimum wage in Illinois remains just $8.25. Today minimum wage workers are making less, inflation adjusted, than they did 45 years ago in 1968. In those 45 years, the minimum wage has lost one third of its value at the same time that average CEO compensation has skyrocketed over 900 percent!

Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would stimulate our economy by benefiting at least 30 million workers Studies have shown that, despite what critics say, raising the minimum wage does NOT increase unemployment. Opponents of raising the minimum wage will say that raising the minimum wage will harm jobs, that it will primarily hurt small businesses, or that most minimum wage workers are teenagers working part time jobs. But studies have refuted all three of these points: several studies have shown that previous increases to the minimum wage did not increase unemployment, two-thirds of minimum wage workers are employed by large, profitable corporations, and over 75 % of minimum wage workers are at least 20 years old.

On top of all of this, poll after poll has shown that at least 75 % of Americans support increasing the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation. 

Call on your State Senator and State Representative and urge them to support a $15 minimum wage

Find your state Senator and Representative(It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify. Download and start using it)

ScriptHello, my name is {NAME}. I’m calling from {ZIP CODE} and am a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge {PERSON} to support raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Studies have shown that raising the minimum wage does NOT increase unemployment, but would stimulate our economy. A Chicago Federal Reserve study shows that for each dollar increase to the minimum wage, the result is $2,800 more annual spending from that minimum wage workers’ household. Illinois' $8.25 is not enough for any worker. Please work to raise the minimum wage to $15. 

 

Action 2: Attend the Chicago Southeast Side Labor Day Parade & Festival

East Side aldermen revived this longtime tradition four years ago. This is the parade that features Scabby the Rat, the Greedy Pig, and the Fat Cat – giant inflatable characters used by unions during labor disputes, particularly with contractors that do not use union labor.

  • Listen to the history of Scabby the Rat at WBEZ
  • Parade starts at Eggers Grove (112th and Ewing Ave between State Line Road and Ewing), Saturday September 1st at 11:00
  • Find out more about the full Chicago Friends of Labor Festival on Facebook. Calumet Park• 9801 S Ave G, Chicago, IL 60617
Daily Actions Editor