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More pay for hourly-wage workers in US

Mr Rodriguez, who works at Wal-Mart assembling bikes and barbecue sets, supports his fiancée and son on an income that can be as little as US$900 a month. He is assigned as little as 18 hours of work weekly.

New York

FOR Anthony Rodriguez, every diaper for his two-year-old son means less money to put food on the table, or to fill up his car at the petrol station.

Mr Rodriguez, 26, makes those trade-offs even though he already receives above-minimum wages at Wal-Mart, and will make at