Workers Weigh In On Minimum Wage Controversy (with Video)

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Finding the right balance in setting the nation's minimum wage.

Temp workers and job applicants at a Fort Wayne employment agency sounded off on Friday about President Obama’s proposal to hike the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.

There were passionate pleas for the need to boost earnings from folks who are out of work, and from others who feel like they are barely able to make ends meet when they cash their paychecks.

We dropped in at Tower Staffing, to sample opinions about the president’s plan to take the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, up to $9.00 an hour by the end of 2015.

At the current rate, you can work full-time and still fall below the poverty line.

Darrell McMillan says the government should guarantee workers a livable wage.

" People are struggling now with the wages they receive. It's just not enough," said McMillan, who came to fill out an application with the employment firm.

" I don't really think it's a good idea, because when you raise the minimum wage, then prices of everything just go up, because all the companies have to pay their employees more," said Trevor McCollough, who works part-time to pay tuition bills, as he pursues a degree in business management.

He's not alone in his criticism of a minimum wage boost.

Those opposed to the move, say prices for all of us will go up, and that it will give employers another reason to cut back on payroll.

The president doesn't buy that line of thinking.

He cites research showing, "No detectable employment losses from minimum wage hikes" in the past.

Advocates say such pay increases reduce employee turnover, and improve worker productivity.

There’s a lot to consider in trying to get it right on this contentious issue.

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