Written by Douglas Edwin
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00
Four days after the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, and a day before Labor Day, Governor Quinn spoke on honoring both MLK and the states workers by raising the minimum wage.
On September 1st, At the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Governor Quinn said that raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10.00 an hour was one of his highest priorities.
This is not the first time that Governor Quinn has expressed his support for raising the minimum wage. Back in February in Governor Quinn’s State of the State address, he voiced his support of Illinois Senator Kimberly Lightford who has been pushing for legislation that would increase the minimum wage.
Governor Quinn spoke on honoring Dr. King and his dream during his speech. “I think its important we continue that dream, right here in Illinois and right here in America.” said Governor Quinn. “Thats why I am committed as governor of our state to work with you and to work with good people all across Illinois on raising the minimum wage. I think it’s so important we do that in memory of Dr. King.”
The struggle to earn a decent wage was illustrated by the statistic that a minimum wage worker in Illinois makes about $16,600 annually, which is well below the Federal Poverty Threshold of $23,550 for a family of four.
During the speech Governor Quinn reminded the people what Martin Luther King was working on leading up to his assassination. “When he lost his life in Memphis, Doctor King was organizing those who were collecting garbage, he understood how important it is to have a decent wage.” said Governor Quinn.
Governor Quinn wanted to honor and show support for the hard working people struggling to make ends meet.
“Some of the hardest things in our society, such as helping our children, helping our seniors, helping those with disabilities, which are some of the toughest jobs in our society are paid the minimum wage. Eight dollars and twenty five cents, you can’t support a family on that.” said Governor Quinn.
The fight for fair pay extends beyond just raising the minimum wage. Governor Quinn and Senator Kimberly Lightford would also like to eliminate “tip credit” which currently allows employers to pay as low as $4.95 per hour to employees who work for tips.
One of the main difficulties of working for tips comes when a worker tries to get a loan or mortgage. This is because they will have to show precise documentation on their tip income when applying for a loan or mortgage, which can be very time consuming and difficult to get together.
Governor Quinn ended his speech by saying how increasing minimum wage can help us now and in the future. “If we want to fight poverty, curb crime and revitalize our neighborhoods, the best way to do it is with jobs.” said Governor Quinn. “Increasing the minimum wage will ensure that many Illinois workers get a fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work and can pull themselves from poverty.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:06