Union member rally for higher minimum wage

Aug 22, 2014 -- 11:00am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Two days after the Alaska primary, advocates for a higher minimum wage rallied Thursday in Fairbanks to support Ballot Measure 3 in the November general election. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports union members and politicians who want their support were in the crowd at Myrtle Thomas Park. AFL-CIO national President Richard Trumka told participants they did a great job at putting the measure on the ballot and should now work to get it passed. He says putting more money in people's pockets will mean more spending, more demand and more jobs. Measure 3 would raise Alaska's minimum wage from $7.75 to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9.75 in 2016. Future increases would be based on inflation or be $1 higher than federal minimum wage, whichever is higher.
 

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