Efforts to raise the minimum wage in the spotlight ahead of Labor Day (video)

This weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, we sit down with MaryBe McMillan of the North Carolina AFL-CIO to talk about the employment outlook and efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage.

According to the North Carolina Justice Center, nearly 6 out of every 10 new jobs created since the end of the Great Recession are in industries that pay poverty-level wages.

Raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour would benefit  approximately one million workers in North Carolina, pumping more money into local communities.

McMillan says that she has been encouraged this year by  campaigns to ensure that local government employees receive a living wage.

Click below for a preview of McMillan’s radio interview with Policy Watch. For more on the impact of raising North Carolina’s minimum wage, check out this fact sheet by the Workers’ Rights project.

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