Current Initiatives

Police Misconduct and Criminal Justice Reform



Urge the Senate to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act: Equal Pay for Equal Work

For the third time, the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked in the U.S. Senate.

The Paycheck Fairness Act amends the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) known as the Equal Pay Act to revise remedies for enforcement of, and exceptions to prohibitions against sex discrimination in the payment of wages. In summary, the bill proposes to close the pay gap between men and women.

According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. This means that women have to work approximately 60 extra days, or about three months, to earn what men did by the end of the previous year.

If you believe that women with the same job, and same qualifications should be paid the same as men, contact Senator Durbin and Senator Kirk TODAY.

Write to Senator Durbin

Write to Senator Kirk


Raise the Minimum Wage

The Quad County Urban League urges you to join the National Urban League movement in sending a message to Congress that it is NOW time to give millions of working men and women the raise they need.

  • The current federal minimum wage is $7.25
  • The federal minimum wage would be $10.74 if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years.
  • The annual income is $15,080 for a full-time employee working the entire year at the federal minimum wage.
  • There are NO states where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week.
  • Congress passed the legislation to increase the minimum wage 3 times in the last 30 years.
  • 12 states annually increase their state minimum to keep up with the rising cost of living.
  • 22 states (including the District of Columbia) have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25.
  • $2.13 is the federal minimum wage for tipped employees, such as waiters and waitresses, nail salon workers, or parking attendants.
  • There are 5 states with no state minimum wage.

Sign the petition to raise the minimum wage