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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that "the AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its battle to raise pay for America’s low-wage workers, in part by conducting a series of state-based summits about low wages and holding politicians accountable who fail to make the topic a central focus.

"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced the ramped-up efforts on Wednesday at the union federation’s first-ever national summit on raising wages, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Labor Secretary Tom Perez delivered speeches to a mix of union activists, think tank officials, academics and others."

The story goes on to say that "Trumka said Wednesday’s summit in Washington is about Americans sharing the wealth that they’ve collectively created, and will be followed by similar events in the first four presidential primary states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The summit in Iowa will be up first this spring, he said.

"In addition, the group  will expand its 'Raising Wages' campaign beyond the five Southern cities it has focused on to date, spreading it to Atlanta, Washington, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Diego and Columbus,Ohio. The organization will work with its community partners and affiliates."
KC's View:
Expect this debate to continue ... especially because we're coming up on a Presidential election year (albeit a year from now, though you'd never know it from all the coverage).