Northlanders join nationwide call to raise minimum wage

By KBJR News 1

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Fast food workers across the country want the federal minimum wage raised from $7.25 to $15 per hour.

They say the current rate is not enough for a person to live on.

At a rally event at the Community Action Center in Duluth, low income workers shared personal stories and discussed how raising the minimum wage in Minnesota will positively impact Duluth–area families and the local economy.

"It would take my worries off paying my bills. I would be able to have dependable transportation. I can also pay off my car note," said Northland resident Charles Lattimore, who works at least 40 hours a week for $8.50 an hour, "and [buy] different things that I need, like groceries."

Critics say increasing the minimum wage would cut jobs because employers would not be able to hire as many workers.