Mapping the push for a higher minimum wage

Demonstrators protesting what they say are low wages and improper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle in August 2013. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)


What you need to know about the state of the minimum wage

When President Barack Obama spoke about the minimum wage in his State of the Union speech last week, he put his money where his mouth is. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too," he said.Obama is poised to sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 — the federal minimum wage — to $10.10 an hour. And federal contract workers …

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