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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 5: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich awaits his introduction to speak to Occupy Los Angeles protesters after the Move Your Money March through the downtown financial district during what is being called Bank Transfer Day, on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Occupy movement members are calling for people to move their money from banks to credit unions today in support of the 99% movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Do You See A Pattern Here?

Robert Reich is fighting a so-called war he perceives that conservatives (I guess that would be Republicans) have on the middle class and poor.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), on March 21, 2012 in New York City. More than 600 people registered to attend the job fair and meet potential employers. New York City police stationed a patrol car outside the JCC during the event, citing the killing spree of 7 people around Toulouse, France, including 4 victims outside a Jewish school Monday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), on March 21, 2012 in New York City. More than 600 people registered to attend the job fair and meet potential employers. New York City police stationed a patrol car outside the JCC during the event, citing the killing spree of 7 people around Toulouse, France, including 4 victims outside a Jewish school Monday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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What’s Your Labor Worth?

Most people feel they have value. They have skills, expertise and education they feel entitles them to a shot at better opportunities.

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The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
The Seattle Space Needle is viewed during dusk with Mt. Rainier in the background May 30, 2000 in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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Seattle Passes $15 Minimum Wage

For a 30 hour worker that would mean a yearly salary of $23,400 or $31,200 for a 40 hour worker. Nowhere near a “living wage” in a city like Seattle.

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COLUMBUS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: A Hardee's Monster Thickburger at a restaurant in Columbus, Georgia on November 17, 2004. The newly introduced hamburger is 2/3 of a pound of Angus beef and features four strips of crispy bacon, three slices of American cheese, and some mayonnaise on a buttered, toasted, sesame seed bun. The item reportedly tops out at 1,400 calories. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: A Hardee's Monster Thickburger at a restaurant in Columbus, Georgia on November 17, 2004. The newly introduced hamburger is 2/3 of a pound of Angus beef and features four strips of crispy bacon, three slices of American cheese, and some mayonnaise on a buttered, toasted, sesame seed bun. The item reportedly tops out at 1,400 calories. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)
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The Evolution of Pricing

With all the conversation about the minimum wage, there needs to be another discussion about how that increase will affect the average consumer.

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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) speaks at a press conference to address the equal pay act June 12, 2001 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The AFL-CIO''s Working Women Working Together hosted the news conference to introduce a campaign for legislation to step up enforcement of the 1963 Equal Pay Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) speaks at a press conference to address the equal pay act June 12, 2001 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The AFL-CIO''s Working Women Working Together hosted the news conference to introduce a campaign for legislation to step up enforcement of the 1963 Equal Pay Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Equal Pay For Equal Work — Really?

Equal pay for equal work. You can’t pick up a paper or turn on a TV without hearing something about this “feel good” topic.

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Montana Minimum Wage Set to Rise in 2014

At $7.80, Montana currently pays more in minimum wage than all but a few states, but according to Montana Department of Labor and Industry Communications Director Casey Kyler-West, the minimum wage will be going up again in 2014.

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Its Hard To Justify $7.65 An Hour, If Your A New Employee [AUDIO]

Carl talked this morning about the downside of having a minimum wage, or a living wage.

The minimum wage is why businesses don't hire very many new workers, because new employees can't generate enough profit to pay for themselves

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Pennsylvania Mayor Cuts Salary of All City Employees to Minimum Wage — Is It Fair?

Not even Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin fame would pull the kind of controversial stunt the mayor of Scranton, PA. has.

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Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Minimum Wage?

With the unemployment rate being what it is, a lot of people these days are being forced to work for minimum wage. But exactly how much you get could depend largely on what state you’re in.

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Montana’s Minimum Wage Climbs To $7.35

If there seems to be a little bit more change in your pocket, it might be because Montana’s minimum wage climbed to $7.35 an hour on January first. That’s an increase of ten cents, which translates to $32 per month for the average worker.

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