Darlene Handy of Baltimore holds up a banner at a rally supporting a pay measure in Maryland. More than 20 states have raised minimum pay rates above the federal level. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968
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Fast-food workers march toward the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Similar rallies occurred in about 100 cities across the U.S. Morgan Walker/NPR hide caption

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Voters in SeaTac, Wash., have narrowly approved a measure raising the minimum wage at its international airport, officials say. But the initiative faces several challenges, including a recount. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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New York City Council speaker and then-mayoral candidate Christine Quinn speaks at a fast-food workers' protest outside a McDonald's in New York in August. A nationwide movement is calling for raising the minimum hourly wage for fast-food workers to $15. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Warren, Mich., early Thursday, supporters of the push by fast-food workers to raise the minimum wage were marching. Jessica J. Trevino /MCT/Landov hide caption

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People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers. Justin Lane/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'
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