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September 14, 2006
Chicago Living Wage Ordinance Defeated

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's veto of a living-wage ordinance that would have affected big-box retailers has survived a vote in the City Council.

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The City Council voted yesterday 31-18 in favor of overriding the mayor's veto, three votes short of what supporters of the ordinance needed, the New York Times reports.

In July, the City Council had approved the living-wage ordinance 35-14, which would have been enough votes to override the mayor's veto. However, pressure from the mayor and business groups eroded some of that support before the vote on Wednesday, the newspaper reports.

The ordinance would have applied to retailers with annual gross revenues of $1 billion or more and with stores in the city of at least 90,000 square feet. The ordinance would have required those big-box retailers to pay a minimum hourly wage of $10.00, plus $3.00 for benefits, by July 2010 to employees who work over 10 hours a week. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $6.50 an hour.


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