Sources for the information appearing on the infographc slideshow.
Michael Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, received a total of $46,609,075 in 2011. At 40-hours a week it equates to more than $22,408 per hour. Source
According to Professor Lisa Dodson’s research in “How Youth are put at Risk by Parents’ Low-Wage Jobs” most employment opportunities have come in the low-wage service industry. Two of out every three jobs created in the next decade will also be in the low-wage service industry. Source is a pdf
McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson will earn $8.75 million per year while a minimum wage worker in Illinois earns $8.25 per hour. The federal minimum wage stands at $7.25. Source
Macy’s CEO, Terry Lundgren, is paid $8,486 per hour according to the company’s proxy statement. Source
Marc Doussard’s “Chicago’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce” highlights the fact that the majority of low-wage workers are over the age of 30. Source
According to the National Employment Law Project report, published in August 2012. “The Low Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality.” In Chicago, 80% of restaurant workers do not get regular pay raises and about 75% have never been promoted.
Due to the lack of paid sick days many workers find themselves showing up to work while sick. One in five report being intimidated by their supervisors if they call off sick. Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago. The link to the study is here: “Behind the Kitchen Door: The Hidden Cost of Taking the Low Road in Chicagoland’s Thriving Restaurant Industry”
A full-time minimum wage job would pay $340 a week before taxes. Too many workers do not even have the luxury of full-time employment. From Stephanie Luce, Retail Action Project: Discounted Jobs” Source
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development the average one bedroom apartment in Chicago costs $853 per month. A monthly transit pass now costs $100 per month (as of January 14, 2013). A thrifty budget for groceries would cost a family of four $626 a month, according to the USDA.