Community leaders call for fair wages

September 9, 2009 2:52:34 PM PDT
Clergy and community leaders rallied in City Hall on Wednesday to insist that big box retailers must pay employees fair wages.The Good Jobs Coalition claimed it doesn't oppose more Wal-Marts or other big box retailers in Chicago. But it stressed that employers must not exploit residents who need paychecks.

"If you don't give us a legally binding agreement that says you will give good jobs to the citizens of Chicago, then you can't come here," said Denise Dixon, Action Now executive director.

"You should not have to work a 40-hour week and still be living in poverty," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina Church. "Crumbs are never sufficient to individuals that deserve full meals in employment."

Fr. Pfleger said in addition to fair wages, workers deserve health benefits and the right to organize.


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