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More than 22 million Americans lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

Raising the minimum wage is a health issue, too

It's not just about the money. Raising the minimum wage would lead to happier and healthier lives for millions of Americans.
A demonstration of the #Fightfor15 movement, in February 2017, in front of a New York fast-food restaurant. Spencer Platt/AFP

Fact check US: Would a $15 minimum wage really help workers?

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a campaign promise by Joe Biden. What do we know about the effectiveness and limitations of this measure?
U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto hold a news conference before signing the USMCA. The deal, if passed into law, poses dangers to public health. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The new NAFTA’s assault on public health

The collective public health of Canada, the United States and Mexico will take a hit if the new NAFTA becomes law.
Supporters outside the offices of the Fair Work Commission in Melbourne on Friday, June 1, 2018 after it lifted the minimum wage by 3.5% JOE CASTRO/AAP

The false hope offered by talk of a living wage

Granting low-wage workers a "living wage" instead of a minimum wage is far from costless, and there are much better ways of helping people genuinely in need.

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