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Occupy protestor calls attention to minimum wage subsidy provision in New York


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Occupy Albany member Tom Allocco of Albany, N.Y., holds a Walmart smiley face while delivering a bag of fake money to Sen. Jeffrey Klein's office at the Capitol on April 15, 2013, in Albany. Several labor unions claim campaign contributions by Walmart prompted the unusual provision of a subsidy for employers faced with a higher minimum wage in New York.

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Due to the lingering effects of the Great Recession, the Hollywood image of the care-free, freckle-faced, teenage hamburger flipper is no longer the norm. Only 16 percent of fast food industry jobs now go to teens, down from 25 percent a decade ago.

Many of the older workers are better educated, too. More than 42 percent of restaurant and fast-food employees over the age of 25 have at least some college education, including 753,000 with a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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