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Minimum Wage

This guide provides suggested resources on the issues of low wages and income inequality in the United States as they relate to the topic of minimum wage

Films on Demand Service

There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.


Does setting a minimum wage help workers and the economy? Or does it hurt them? This Bloomberg QuickTake explains the debate.

In this video, ABC News reports on the shrinking middle class and the growing economic disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population. Diane Sawyer investigates the working class and how the "American Dream" appears more untenable than ever. Connecting to people across the country through social media, fast food workers; contract employees; and low wage earners reveal the struggles and frustrations of this generation.

President Biden, on his second day in office, told his administration to prepare an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage that he would sign within his first 100 days. Here are the competing arguments used by Democrats and Republicans on raising the federal minimum wage.