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JRC, Gannet, take heed plz

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by WHA73, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest


    Chicago City Council OKs 'Living Wage'

    Brushing aside warnings from Wal-Mart, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that makes Chicago the biggest city in the nation to require big-box retailers to pay a "living wage."

    "It's trying to get the largest companies in America to pay decent wages," said Alderman Toni Preckwinkle.

    The ordinance passed 35-14 after three hours of impassioned debate.

    The measure requires mega-retailers with over $1 billion in annual sales and stores of at least 90,000 square feet to pay workers at least $10 an hour in wages plus $3 in fringe benefits by mid-2010. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $6.50 an hour and the federal minimum is $5.15.

    Mayor Richard M. Daley and others warned the living wage proposal would drive jobs and desperately needed development from some of the city's poorest neighborhoods and lead giants like Wal-Mart to abandon the city.
    Wal-Mart spokesman John Bisio said earlier that if the measure passed, "We'd redirect our focus on our suburban strategy and see how we could better serve our city of Chicago residents from suburban Chicagoland."

    Chicago has been at the center of the debate about the wages at big retailers ever since the city's rejection of a proposal by Wal-Mart to open a store on the South Side prompted the company to open a store just outside the city limits.

    The first Wal-Mart in Chicago itself is set to open in September, and the Bentonville, Ark.-based company has more than 40 other stores within 50 miles of the city.

    Wal-Mart said that its average hourly wage is almost $11 an hour in the Chicago area and that the lowest wage that will be paid at the new West Side store will be $7.25 an hour.
  2. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    do any gannett or JRC reporters make less than $10 an hour? i started at a small weekly for $8 an hour but this was 10 years ago and it was an independently owned outfit.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    This is a win-win all around. People get more money or Wal-Mart leaves town. What's not to like?
  4. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    The City of Chicago believes that $10 per hour is a living wage (and at 40hr/wk for 50 weeks, that makes $20K/yr).

    It would only be fair that the City pay the same rates for their employees. http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@1609878007.1154011808@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfaddiglhljkicefecelldffhdfhg.0&contentOID=536921388&contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&topChannelName=Dept&blockName=Human+Resources%2FMunicipal+Pay+Schedule%2FI+Want+To&context=dept&channelId=0&programId=0&entityName=Human+Resources&deptMainCategoryOID=-536892493

    Some entry level employment opportunities begin at $15K...
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Love to see one of the Chicago papers ask Hizzoner about that.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

  7. Bob_Jelloneck

    Bob_Jelloneck Member

    You bet your sweet bippy, sonny boy. ;)
  8. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    Hey Bob you're a beautiful human being...now kneel before THIS and suck it
  9. Bob_Jelloneck

    Bob_Jelloneck Member

    Sorry, no time right now, gotta go drown some puppies. I'll be back after I have a nice afternoon snack at the abortion clinic fetus disposal department. Hand me the A-1 sauce. ;)
  10. WHA73

    WHA73 Guest

    Don't forget to submit the whopping 24 cents per mile on your sheet..and please sign and date the bottom portion
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Good fucking God yes.

    I made less than you at a JRC shop.
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