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Stepping up from flipping burgers
Fast-food restaurant employees across the country walked off their jobs for a day last week, the largest in an escalating series of protests against the low wages paid by some of the nation's most popular restaurant chains. The workers' complaints throw a spotlight on the broader challenges policymakers face on this Labor Day, the sixth since the housing market collapse sent the country into an economic tailspin. The problem isn't just that entry-level jobs have less buying power than they used to; it's also that too few people are moving on from those jobs into better careers.
By The Times editorial board
September 2, 2013