Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage

Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage

Hundreds of fast food workers in cities around the country are walking off the job to push for higher pay: Debate over what constitutes a living wage.

Hundreds of fast food workers in Detroit, St Louis and several other cities are walking off the job this week. Their complaint: while the fast food industry is making record profits, workers make minimum wage. They can’t afford, they claim, to cover the basics such as rent and food. Their call for a livable wage of $15 an hour does not seem likely to be met. Still, their grievances strike a chord, especially among those with concerns about the widening gap between rich and poor in this country.

Guests

Lawrence Mishel

president of Economic Policy Institute.

Michael Saltsman

research director of Employment Policies Institute.

Damian Paletta

reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Cinnamon Tigner

employee at Wendy's.

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