The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Daley says living wage has to be at the state level

Sep 18, 2006

Mayor Daley vetoed the “big box” ordinance which would have required the biggest retail stores to pay $10.50 an hour in wages and benefits by 2008. He said he was against it because companies would refuse to build in the city and go to the suburbs. What was needed, he said, was a statewide living wage.

True! So why didn’t Daley rush to the state legislature?

After all, he could have. The Democrats run the state legislature and Daley controls a very large block of Assemblymen and Senators. He could have got a statewide “living wage” – but didn’t.

In other words, it was just a bluff. No one in Chicago was surprised!