Super-sized protests by thousands of fast food workers in cities across the country brought attention to  a broader issue:  minimum wage.

"I think what you see with the strikes is really a call for livable wages," said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Dist. 20.) "I do think our lowest-paid workers should get an increase in the minimum wage."

Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, just enough to buy a McDonald's quarter-pounder with cheese meal.  Fast food workers went on strike at 1,000 restaurants, calling for the right to unionize and be paid $15 an hour.

Notaria Rogers has worked in their shoes.

"The pay was basically minimum wage, unless you had experience," she said. "It was paycheck to paycheck."

President Obama has proposed an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour and increasing with inflation.

Single mom Candace Mollette would like to see any increase. She works two jobs to make ends meet and support her two children.

She said she loves her job in retail, but she makes the bare minimum.

"The reason I keep this job, there's room for advancement," she said. "But, it's hard 'til you get there."

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