ANCHORAGE -

Known as the working people's holiday, this year's Labor Day has sparked debates all over the country and here in Alaska over minimum wage.

Alaskans are set to vote on a $1 increase this November as part of Ballot Measure 3.

But how could that impact minimum wage workers in the state?

Even though Alaska's minimum wage of $7.75 an hour is 50 cents higher than the federal requirement, when your talking survival, that small increase could mean a lot.

A day serving customers at Moose's Tooth is not as easy as it looks.

Server Chris Schnell says there are a lot of steps, sweat, and service involved in earning a single hour's wage.

Alaska's minimum wage is $7.75 an hour.

"You can have a family of six and they will just get one pizza, and the tab will be $30, so you have to really work hard to turn tables and make more money," said Schnell.

Increasing Alaskans income is the goal of Ballot Measure 3.

If it passes this November it would raise minimum wage by a dollar to $8.75 an hour as of January 1st, a year later, another increase to $9.75 an hour in January 2016, followed by inflation adjustments every year thereafter.

One group, the Alaskans Need a Raise Coalition points out that 19 other states top Alaska's minimum wage despite the state's inflation rate.

"I think we all know that Alaska has a much higher cost of living," said Joelle Hall who is part of the Alaskans Need a Raise Coalition. "There's a floor in which a worker should not be able to fall, that floor is the minimum wage," continued Hall.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed increase saying in a statement quote "Employers and workers, not the government, should determine the value of labor, based on labor availability and its contribution to the earnings of the business."

And business at the Moose's Tooth is good.

Something that patrons hope trickles down to the employees.

"Your working and you should get something for that because you are working really hard to get money," said customer Miles Harlan.

"Twenty extra dollars a paycheck I mean that always helps for paying bills, to pay your phone bill, pay whatever," said Schnell.

And when voters make a decision in November on Ballot Measure 3, many minimum wage earners are hoping for their fair share of the pie.

Some economists in Alaska have argued that raising the minimum wage will hurt job creation and lead to higher unemployment numbers.

But the group Alaskans Need a Raise Coalition say that the last time the minimum wage went up in Alaska, more money went into the economy and less people were on government assistance.