Millions of Americans received a raise on January 1st, and they have fast-food workers and union organizers to thank. Although the federal minimum wage has not increased in over a decade and remains a paltry $7.25 per hour, the movement known as Fight for $15 has moved the needle at the state and municipal level.
In seven states, the New Year increases are the result of laws on the books to gradually step up to a $15 minimum wage. Other states index minimum wage increases to the cost of living. If the federal mini