Fast-Food Strikes

McDonald's worker Keyana McDowell, 20, strikes outside McDonald's in Los Angeles on Thursday. (Reuters / December 5, 2013)

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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Should the minimum wage be raised nationally?

    • Yes. It helps workers, which helps the economy. There is no meaningful evidence that it hurts employment, as President Obama says.
    • No. Raising the minimum wage will have the unintended consequence of lowering employment -- no matter what President Obama says. Many economists believe it will cost jobs.
    • Yes. Our minimum wage is low compared to other rich countries'. Because of that, our society has to subsidize low-wage workers with welfare programs. Paying them more would ease the burden on government.
    • No. The nation is trying to recover economically. It's not yet the time to raise the minimum.

A one-day strike was held Thursday by fast-food workers in cities around the country, including Hartford, in support of raising the minimum wage. Democrats in Congress are pushing a bill that would gradually  raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 and align it with  the Consumer Price Index, so it would go up as the CPI does. But Republicans argue that a higher minimum wage would hurt business. It was last raised in 2009 to $7.25 an hour. Connecticut’s minimum is $8.25. Should the national minimum wage go up?


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