The face of minimum wage

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Minimum wage has done a terrible job keeping up with the cost of basic living. At $7.25 an hour, both parents in a family of four would have to work around 80 hours each to meet their family’s needs. That’s if they can each find 80 hours of work. Nearly half of the jobs vacancies in Minnesota currently are part time, according to DEED’s latest job vacancy survey. And many of the new post-recession jobs are in low-wage fields.

That’s why a broad coalition of faith, labor, service organizations, and nonprofits are pushing to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50. This week at a South Minneapolis recreation center, coalition members and low-wage workers met with Minnesota policy leaders to discuss ways forward.

Related: Minimum wage roundtable draws a full house (Joey Getty, 2013)