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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Box ordinance gets vetoed by city mayor

The city council of Chicago, IL failed to override Mayor Richard Daley’s veto of the business ordinance being called Big Box. If the city council had undone the veto the ordinance would have required large business retailers in the city to pay their workers higher wages.

My first question is who came up with the name for the ordinance? Did it start out as a joke or was it intentionally named ‘Big Box’? In truth, the wages that retail employees are paid is shamefully low. If your boss doesn’t like you, you stand to have your hours cut which in a dominos effect could result in you living in cardboard box.

City council of Chicago, IL held a vote of 31 to 18 which was three votes short of the 34 votes needed to override the mayoral veto. However, Ald. Joe Moore (49th), sponsor of the so-called Big Box Living Wage Ordinance, has vowed to continue the fight by presenting a new measure that would be broader, applying to workers of companies with at least 1,000 employees.

Services Employees International Union (SEIU) president says he’s not discouraged because they have made progress in their fight for better wages.


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