Labor

Lyndale neighborhood takes position supporting an increase in the minimum wage

The meeting was one of the best attended in years

At the February General Membership Meeting there was a community vote in favor of having the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) take a position supporting an increase in the minimum wage. The position adopted at the meeting is that LNA supports raising the minimum wage to $9.50/hour over three years, indexing it to inflation, and including a tip credit.

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Why "I breathe union": The invisible but real long-term consequences for America symbolized by the VW vote

After workers at the Chattanooga TN VW plant barely voted down the United Auto Workers a few days, I sent a message to my own mailing list. Part of that Feb. 17 message was this: “The vote doesn’t surprise me at all”. (The remainder of the message is at the end of this post; a link to a longer discussion of this issue can be found here.)

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Rally Tuesday for higher minimum wage

On Tuesday, the first day of the 2014 session of the Minnesota Legislature, advocates will rally to call for immediate action to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour.

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Bangladeshi workers seek support from students

Reba Sikder and Kalpona Akter spoke to students at the University of Minnesota Friday.

Reba Sikder remembers waking amidst the rubble of her collapsed factory to the moans of a co-worker, trapped where the ceiling had fallen on him. With her leg pinned by debris, she was unable to help him.

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Supporters of raising minimum wage point to gender gap in Minnesota

Advocates for raising Minnesota’s minimum wage are sharpening their arguments as they await the start of next week’s legislative session, and some are now focusing on a pitch that so far hasn’t had a lot of attention: gender.

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St. Paul teachers, school district reach tentative agreement

Negotiators for the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and Saint Paul Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement on their 2013-2015 labor contract, the union announced on its website Friday morning.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Why I'm ready to strike for St. Paul students

Teachers are rule followers. We tend to not be boat rockers. We value stability and order, but we also know that sometimes conflict is necessary. It can be the only catalyst for change.

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Community rallies behind St. Paul teachers' campaign

Supporters wear red to show their support for the St. Paul teachers' union. (Photo by Michael Moore)

Wearing red scarves, hats and shirts to show their solidarity with union teachers, families packed the parking lot outside St. Paul Public Schools headquarters Tuesday during a rally in support of smaller class sizes, expanded pre-kindergarten and other community-driven priorities teachers have brought to the table in contract negotiations with the district.

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Borders: Re-framing the Minnesota minimum wage debate?

One conventional bit of argument about raising the minimum wage is shared by a businessman in extreme Southwestern Minnesota cited in Doug Beldon's article in Friday's Pioneer Press, Raising Minnesota's minimum wage expected to be hot issue:

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St. Paul teachers to rally Tuesday

St. Paul teachers took their message to this year's Winter Carnival Parade. (Photo courtesy of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers website)

Just days before a scheduled strike vote, members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will rally at school district headquarters.

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