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Hillary Clinton Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage for All Workers, Including Those Who Earn Tips

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She believes everyone should make $12 an hour

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Following her victory over Tuesday's primaries, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is reiterating her stance on labor. The presidential candidate spoke last night outside the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, voicing her support for hiking the federal minimum wage to $12, reports DNAinfo.

Clinton also called for an end to tipped wages, proclaiming America the "only industrialized country in the world that requires tipped workers to take home their income in tips, instead of wages." (Many states have two different minimum wages, with a lower hourly rate for tipped workers.) She praised New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who's been fighting to raise his own state's minimum wage to $15 an hour across the board.

Clinton has previously been vocal about her support for the Fight for $15 movement; the federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. Topping Hillary's recommendation of $12 an hour, fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders advocates a $15 federal minimum wage.

Many employers have spoken out against minimum wage hikes, saying they simply can't justify paying employees more. Several cities including SeattleNew York, and San Francisco have recently raised their minimum wages, leading some restaurants to get rid of tipping and introduce surcharges or raise menu prices in order to pay employees fairly.

POST UPDATE 3/3 11 a.m.: An earlier version of this post reflected DNAinfo's report that Clinton spoke out in favor of a $15 federal minimum wage. The story was later corrected to indicate that Clinton in fact supports a $12 federal minimum wage.

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