Quad City Residents will unveil 500ft. scroll in front of Schilling's Office Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 July 2012 13:10
As Food Prices Are Set to $oar, Quad City Residents to Rally to Protect Families Purchasing Power via a Minimum Wage Increase on Tuesday

Residents to Demand that Rep. Bobby Schilling Support Working Families with Measure That Creates Jobs, too

Moline, Ill.  – As the country suffers its worst drought since 1956, working families will soon face higher grocery bills.  To offset that added economic burden, area residents will call on Bobby Schilling to vote for working families by supporting the raise in the minimum wage.  The action will take place Tuesday (July 24) at Schilling’s Moline office on 41st Street.

Concerned residents have created a long scroll of signatures, approximately 800, supporting the raise in the minimum wage. The scroll will be unrolled on-site and measures about 500 feet and will be held up for all to see.   Residents will also hold a sign asking passerby’s to honk if they too support the minimum wage.
In addition, residents will deliver the signed petitions to Rep. Schilling’s office.

The protest is part of “Raise the Wage Day,” a national day of action taking place in more than 30 cities nationwide.  A recent report found that two-thirds of low wage workers are employed by large corporations, and that in the most recent fiscal year, the top-paid executive at each of the 50 largest low wage employers was awarded an average $9.4 million in compensation – even as many of their employees are paid at or near the minimum wage (just over $15,000 per year).

Quad City residents will ask Rep. Bobby Schilling to put money in the hands of people who will spend it in local communities by supporting a federal minimum wage of $10 per hour.

What:  Raise the Minimum Wage Rally. Minimum Wage Workers Speak Out, Demand Justice
When:  3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24
Where:  3000 41st Street, Moline, Illinois
Visuals:  500 ft. scroll of signatures to “Raise the Minimum Wage” and a 3 ft. sign of petition’s language.

Reporters Note: Click here for the National Employment Law Project report on the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage: http://99uniting.org/new-report-raise-the-minimum-wage-the-1-can-afford-it/

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