CHARLOTTE—The acting U.S. Secretary of Labor continued his nationwide lobbying tour in Charlotte Wednesday.
He pushed President Obama's plan to raise the federal minimum wage and met with employees who could benefit from the recommendation to raise it from $7.25 cents to $9 an hour.
It's estimated 15 million americans earn the federal minimum wage, a rate which is the same in North Carolina.
Acting Secretary Harris said increasing the minimum wage usually allows other wage brackets to go up as well. He rejected fears from some in the business community that an increase would cause layoffs and reduced hours for employees.
“There's independent economists who've studied past increases and what they've found is if you have a moderate increase in the minimum wage pockets,” said Harris.
Harris is hopeful the wage issue will come up for a vote sometime in the next year.