Still fighting for $15

The one in three workers who would be helped by an increase aren’t the stereotypical teenager for whom a minimum wage job is a short-term source of extra income, according to Laura Dresser, a UW economist and COWS associate director. 

“We’re talking about the core of this economy at the bottom,” Dresser said at Sen. Melissa Agard’s news conference. “Tolerating a $7.25-an-hour minimum wage is about perpetuating a desperate standard of living at that level, so one in three workers take that home.”

Those workers are typically essential workers who are also invisible, she added. “If this year did anything for us, it should allow us to see this work — and therefore honor the importance of this work and its essential nature.”

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