Care providers join fight to increase federal minimum wage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fast food workers in the metro want the federal minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. They're hoping to put their initiative on the ballot in the 2016 election.

The workers say they're worth more than they're earning and they are not alone. Childcare providers and healthcare workers say they want to earn a living wage so they can take care of their families.

Sandy Willis says she's had a home daycare business for more than 25 years and she only makes a $1.30 an hour.

"It's sad, it's really sad,"said Willis.

Willis says many of the parents who rely on her to care for their children work in the fast food and healthcare industry.

"If they made more then I could charge more," said Willis.

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