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Minimum wage debate hits Michiana

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Several groups gathered in South Bend Thursday to demonstrate their support for what they call a "living" minimum wage.

They say the minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, is a poverty-level wage that leaves millions of workers unable to afford the basics.

Tony Flora, President of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO, said the minimum wage currently is not equivalent to what it was in the 1960's.  "We want to restore the purchasing power that low wage workers have lost in this county," Flora said. "Communities are being destroyed by income inequality and the first solid step forward is to have the federal government raise the federal minimum wage."

Other groups taking part in today's event included St. Joseph Valley Project Jobs with Justice, NAACP South Bend Branch, Let's Move Michiana and American for Democratic Action,

In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected to vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  The Fair Minimum Wage Act would also raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, which has remained at just $2.13 per hour for the past twenty years.

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