'Check Your Check': Workers Group Reminds Cook County Employees About July 1 Wage Increase

Bernie Tafoya
July 09, 2018 - 12:56 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A workers group is reminding most minimum wage employees in Chicago and Cook County that they should have received pay increases July 1.  

The group Arise Chicago has launched the “Check Your Check” campaign. 

According to the city of Chicago"s website, about 400,000 workers pay should have increased from $11 to $12 per hour on July 1. The city's minimum wage goes up to $13 an hour next July.

In many suburbs in Cook County, the minimum wage was to increase to $11 an hour on July 1.

"One dollar an hour means over $2,000 for a full-time worker in a year and $2,000 is a decent amount of money," said Arise Chicago organizer Jorge Mujica.

"It may be two months of rent for a minimum wage worker. It may be a less old car to go to work, back and forth."

There’s a different wage formula for workers who get tips as part of their jobs. 

Mujica said anyone whose employer does not pay the correct hourly wage should be reported to the city at 311 or to groups like Arise Chicago. For employers in suburbs where the minimum wage was to increase, pay raise discrepancies should be reported to the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. 

Mujica said employers who cheat their workers could receive public pressure by groups such as Arise Chicago. 

In the city, employers face fines of $500 to $1,000 for each offense, which is defined as each day a violation continues.

The minimum wage in the state of Illinois is $8.25/hour.