Labor Dept. Holds Roundtable on Raising Minimum Wage
The U.S. Department of Labor held a roundtable discussion at the Sojourner Truth House in Gary Wednesday to discuss President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage.
It's currently at $7.25 an hour, but the President wants to raise it $1.75 an hour by 2015. That could amount to $70 more a week for many people earning minimum-wage. Acting deputy administrator for the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, Mary Beth Maxwell, sat on the focus group panel with advocates and local workers sharing their thoughts about how a minimum wage increase would benefit them and their families.
Maxwell says she and other Labor Department staffers are setting up regular seminars like the one in Gary over the next few months to get public views on the minimum wage raise.