Some of striking workers complain they’re paid less than minimum wage
Striking workers at the University of Illinois Hospital filed complaints Thursday with the city claiming 156 workers are being paid below minimum wage.
Twenty complaints filed with the Office of Labor Standards allege minimum wage ordinance violations at the hospital, a city spokesman confirmed.
The workers covered in the complaints are paid less than $14 an hour — the city’s required minimum wage for companies with 21 or more employees, according to Adrian Rojas, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 73, which represents the workers.
A spokeswoman for their employer, the University of Illinois at Chicago, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
The workers mentioned in the complaints are among 3,700 hospital workers — all SEIU members — who went on strike Monday to gain better pay and COVID-19 protections.
They include parking attendants, cashiers, custodians, lab animal caretakers, emergency medical technicians and physical therapists.