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Group To Push For $15 An Hour Fast Food 'Living Wage'

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A labor-backed group that pushed for a higher minimum wage in Massachusetts is setting its sights on a new goal: a $15 "living wage" for workers in fast food restaurants and big box stores.

The group Raise Up Massachusetts is backing a bill that would require the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour by 2018.

The higher wage would only apply to large corporations with over 100 employees, and would be phased in over three years.

Under a law approved last year, the state's minimum wage increased from $8 to $9 per hour. The increase will eventually bring Massachusetts' minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017.

Raise Up Massachusetts said it also wants to push for paid family and medical leave for all workers and increased spending on transportation and education.

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