HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
It seemed only appropriate to discuss the current state of American labor on Labor Day.
Much of recent talk on that subject has been on the move to pay fast-food workers $15 an hour.
What do people think about that proposal?
Most of the people we talked to felt the minimum wage should be raised, if only slightly.
But some say they had no problem when they were working for minimum pay.
"At the time, minimum wage was perfectly fine for me," said Michael Hunter of Harrisburg. "We were in high school. Minimum wage was fine."
Patricia Fields, who was visiting from Philadelphia, said she used to have a minimum wage job, but didn't have any problem making ends meet.
"No, not really," she said. "I normally had two or three. I had a plethora of jobs. That's the best thing you can do in this economy."
We talked to small business owner Nina Embert, who owns Nina's Food. She supports an increase.
"I don't think it's right to raise it to $15 an hour, but I think a couple dollars more, that would do it," Embert said. "You don't buy anything today with the money these poor people are making."
Shanice Lawson of Harrisburg told us she makes the minimum, but she had a good perspective on the suggestion of raising it to $15 an hour.
"It should be a little higher," she said. "Not a lot. They were saying like $15 an hour or something. I think you should definitely go to school and get a degree and work harder. Those are the big bills."
The $15 an hour idea seems to have little support locally.
"We're making $15 now and we've been working for 30 years or more and only making $15 an hour," said a woman from Lower Paxton Township who would only identify herself as Deanne. "And we have skills. Why do you get $15 an hour for unskilled labor?"