As the city of Berkeley considers raising the minimum wage in line with related policy changes in San Francisco, Van Nguyen argues, in an Opinionator piece published today, that a higher minimum wage both in Berkeley and nationally would go a long way toward ensuring that all workers — from large restaurant corporations to small mom-and-pop shops — would have a secure base wage with which to feed their families, just as they feed us daily. Nguyen, who is with the Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay, says that it is time to lift the floor for all low-wage workers.

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