New Rights for Workers!



Today, July 1, the minimum wage increases in Chicago and across Illinois, plus the Fair Workweek takes effect in the city.  The COVID crisis has made it clear that the lowest paid workers are actually the most essential to keeping our city and state moving.  More than just our thanks, these workers desewrve a raise and scheduling protections, and that's exactly what they're getting today.


The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) is proud to have been a part of the coalition that advocated for these important supports for workers. We would like to thank the Chicago Mayor's Office, Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza and Alderwoman Sophia King for their tireless efforts in getting these laws passed.




     Chicago Federation of Labor



The minimum wage in Chicago is going up to $14 an hour for large employers and $13.50 for small businesses. In Cook County, it will hit $13 an hour. Though our workers unquestionably deserve much more, this is an important step forward.

The COVID pandemic has made it clear to everyone that the lowest paid workers are actually the most essential to keeping our city and state moving. More than just our thanks, these workers deserve a raise, and that’s exactly what they’re getting.

The Fair Workweek Ordinance will give hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers protections from scheduling abuse, including schedules posted two weeks in advance and predictability pay for last-minute schedule changes. We are proud that Chicago is leading the way by implementing the most expansive predictive scheduling law in the nation.

In this uncertain time, workers need predictability in planning their work schedules and planning their lives. This law will help parents care for their children, will help students plan their studies, and will help bring stability to an unstable time. Even before the COVID pandemic, 70% of workers said unpredictable work hours interfered with time for family.

2020 has been a trying year for us all, especially for the essential workers who have kept our city moving. Today, hundreds of thousands of Chicago workers are getting a raise and new protections on the job.

Today is a great day for workers.

In Solidarity,


Bob Reiter










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