A Minimum Wage Increase In Chicago (Without The Increase)

Protesters gather at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a nationwide protest for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Protesters gather at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a nationwide protest for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Kiichiro Sato/AP
Protesters gather at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a nationwide protest for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Protesters gather at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a nationwide protest for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Kiichiro Sato/AP

A Minimum Wage Increase In Chicago (Without The Increase)

In 2014, Chicago approved a plan to increase the minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 per hour, despite this ordinance being in effect thousands of workers have not received their increase. According to an investigation by The Chicago Reporter the city has only investigated a minimal amount of the 454 wage complaints and recovered lost pay for only a few dozen employees. The investigation also estimates that thousands of workers have been left behind because of exceptions in the law including 1,300 crossing guards. 

Morning Shift talks with Melissa Sanchez, a reporter for the Chicago Reporter about the investigation, changes that occurred, and cities that have implemented departments with better wage oversight.