Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Kim Bobo, a worker's rights advocate from Chicago, talks about a federal minimum wage increase and wage theft to students at SUNY Broome.
The event comes one day after the U.S. Senate voted down a bill which would have extended the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Bobo said high profits for the wealthy and below-average pay for regular workers is hurting the middle class.
"If you work, you should be paid, and you should be paid a living wage," Bobo said. "And so it's so important we raise the minimum wage at the federal level."
But, not all of those attending today agreed with the community activist.
"I'm sorry I don't think people who work at McDonald's should make $15 an hour," said Alyssa Powles. "There are people out there like RNs who make over minimum wage and when minimum wage goes up, they actually start losing money to compensate for prices going up in gas, and food, and everything else."
Bobo met with other local church groups as part of her work with the Interfaith Worker Justice program.