- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the city’s sister agencies to pay all contractor and subcontractor employees a minimum wage of $13 an hour.

The mayor signed an executive order earlier this month requiring city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees the higher minimum wage.

And on Tuesday morning, Emanuel asked other agencies to follow suit, including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago City Colleges, the Public Building Commission and the Chicago Parks Department.

The mayor’s office says about 2,400 employees would be affected if the agencies agree to do it. Employees affected would include landscapers, maintenance workers, bus drivers and custodial workers.

Emanuel and other Democrats are making a big election-year push to raise the state’s minimum wage, which is $8.25 per hour.


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