The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce said last week it opposes a measure written by Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele that would mandate any Cook County, Illinois, employer with 750 or more employees to offer a starting minimum wage of $13.75 per hour beginning in 2018.
The proposed ordinance "would create a chaotic patchwork of wage mandates throughout the state, as Illinois would have three different mandatory starting wage levels that employers will have to navigate," the Chicagoland Chamber said.
Chamber officials said the measure would also be a paperwork nightmare, creating administrative burdens and costs and limiting employee flexibility.
"This mandate also puts the franchise model at great risk," the Chicagoland Chamber said. "The proposed ordinance would require franchisers which employ at least 750 employees, or whose franchisees collectively employ at least 750 employees, to pay the required wage mandate. This mandate would put these small business owners at a severe competitive disadvantage with their peers."
Chamber officials are urging Cook County residents to join them in opposing the proposal.