I believe that any person over the age of 18 working in an established business should receive a wage of at least $ 12.00 an hour. The current less than $ 8.00 an hour is just incompatible with the ever diminishing value of the dollar. BUT….I believe this should be law only if the labor unions will renounce the part of their contracts with industry which uses the minimum wage as a direct factor in their own hourly pay. Add $ 5.00 to the wage of a fast foods worker, and the unskilled assembly line worker (probably making close to $ 40.00 an hour) gets bumped up that $5.00 also. The resulting increase may add only a dime to the price of a hamburger, but would add hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to the price of an American made automobile.
My sympathies are with the much underpaid employee, especially when there are no compensating benefits such as medical insurance. In the 1960s I was able to hire a college student to help in my own business for the going rate of $1.00 an hour. I always paid $2.00.