Minimum-wage workers in the U.S. today have less buying power than counterparts did 50 years ago
By Tim Harper
Toronto Star, 2/5/07
ASHLAND, Va.–The last time the minimum wage was raised in Virginia, Khalil Shareef was a 12-year-old kid, perhaps heading down a path chosen by too many in his family.
His father shot and disabled his mother when he was 3 years old. His brother and sister are behind bars.
But Shareef, a star wide receiver on the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets football team, has left a self-described "negative attitude" behind and is...