Group calls for increase in minimum wage

March 8, 2011 4:11:01 PM PST
An organization representing low-income employees is calling for an increase in the state minimum wage to help workers escape from poverty.

The Immigrant Worker Project met in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on the South Side.

Officials including the church pastor urged the General Assembly to pass a bill that would raise the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour to $10.65 by 2014.

"No one who works full time should live in poverty. The current wage is too low. Some will criticize this and say it's bad for business. It actually would stimulate the economy. It would be good for business," said Pastor Carl Quebedeaux, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

The bill that the worker project endorses has been introduced in the state senate.