Obama administration supporting Birmingham’s plan to raise minimum wage

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Obama administration is helping support Birmingham in its effort to raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Chris Lu led a business round table Thursday at Buck Mulligan’s in 5 Points.

Local government leaders and activists were in attendance.

The Birmingham city council passed a bill that would increase Birmingham’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the course of two years.

Engage Alabama is a group hoping to raise minimum wage not only in Birmingham, but state-wide.

“It is extremely hard to get by. The average age of a low-income worker is 26. It’s not teen employment anymore,” Doug Hoffman with Engage Alabama said.

Buck mulligan’s already pays its employees over 10 bucks an hour.

The owner Danny Winters says paying higher wages helps him keep employees instead of training new ones.

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