Protesters rally for higher pay outside the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, where a McDonald's restaurant is located, in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Dec. 5, 2013, as part of a nationwide protest of fast food workers. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage and reduce income inequality in the world's largest economy. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
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U.S. fast-food workers stage protest for higher pay
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. fast-food workers on Thursday staged protests in 100 cities including Washington D.C., New York and Detroit to call for an increase of the federal minimum wage, local media reported.
The protest came one day after U.S. President Barack Obama pressed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, which currently stands at 7.25 dollars per hour. Full story
White House urges unemployment benefits extension before Xmas
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The White House Thursday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas, with national unemployment rate still hovering at an "unacceptably high" level.
Approximately 1.3 million workers currently receiving extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are set to lose them on Dec. 28, if the Congress allows the program to expire, the White House said in a report. Full story