Policy: Labor

Workers seek higher minimum wage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A coalition of close to 200 workers rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to speak out on issues ranging from increasing Tennessee's minimum wage to supporting public schools.

Following the rally on Tuesday about 30 of the protesters delivered a letter expressing their concerns to the office of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Thomas Walker is a member of the United Campus Workers, one of about 24 organizations that are part of the coalition. He helped draft the letter, which stressed raising the state's minimum wage.

Currently, it's $7.25. A Democratic sponsored legislative proposal to raise it a dollar in the case of employers who don't offer health benefits failed in a House subcommittee last month.

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