(Rebecca Fishbein) It's been a week of small victories for underpaid workers: first, McDonald's finally shuttered its abominable McResource site, and now New York State has announced it will increase its minimum wage to $8 an hour by 2014.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, and officials say this year's increase is the first of a few. By the end of 2014, the minimum should increase to $8.75 an hour, and a year after that, it'll hold steady at $9 an hour, as dictated by the state budget Governor Andrew Cuomo approved back in March.

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