Bill Moore: To act together, we’ve got to get together

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“GOP tightens grip on white working class,” read the headline on an Oct. 31 Wall Street Journal story datelined Aitkin, Minn. The story reported how Democrats have been losing their hold on rural Congressional districts with largely white populations, where incomes lag the national average and college graduates are relatively sparse. The authors quoted men […]

Fight for $15 strikes: Legal, protected, effective

Members of the non-union worker group CTUL who clean area retail stores march in St. Paul. They picketed outside Target in Minneapolis earlier in the day.

From fast food to retail, workers in low-wage jobs around the country, including Minnesota, are increasingly staging short-term, high-profile strikes to advance their movements for higher wages and a voice on the job. Walking off the job in protest is a costly, risky tactic to employ – even for one day. In addition to foregoing […]

Airport workers win paid sick leave, continue fight to reinstate fired Delta worker

Members of the 15 Now coalition stand in support of Ahmed Ahmed, who testified at the Metropolitan Airports Commission meeting today in favor of a proposed paid leave policy, passed by commissioners later in the meeting

Airport workers’ campaign for better wages and conditions took a step forward today, as the Metropolitan Airports Commission unanimously approved a measure requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to all workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Supporters of 15 Now, a worker-led coalition seeking to raise the minimum wage at MSP to $15 per […]

Labor Chorus invites new members to open house

The Twin Cities Labor Chorus performed a benefit concern in the Labor Pavilion on the State Fairgrounds earlier this year.

Ever thought of joining the Twin Cities Labor Chorus? The new year is a great chance to do it. New members are invited to check out membership during an open house on Jan. 13, 2015. The chorus is expanding its ranks as it prepares for performances in 2016 at the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival […]

Airport workers rally behind Delta baggage handler fired for activism

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Airport workers, union members and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison today called on Delta Air Lines to reinstate Kip Hedges, a pro-union activist fired just days ago for speaking publicly in favor of a $15 minimum wage at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. About 200 people joined the demonstration outside Termainal 1 at MSP Airport. They shut […]

Fast-food workers’ Fight for $15 gaining momentum in Twin Cities (video)

Striking fast food workers are demanding $15 per hour and union rights.

Fast-food workers in 160 cities nationwide went on strike today, including 50 workers from 14 restaurants in the Twin Cities. The strikers are demanding $15 per hour and union rights. The strike comes on the two-year anniversary of the initial “Fight for $15” action in New York City, which sparked a movement that has since […]

Holidays bring increased stress for many workers, but help is available

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The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for everyone. Job losses, financial troubles and workplace injuries or accidents often compound the stress faced by workers and their families. For many union workers, help with these and other problems – substance abuse, depression, anxiety – is available through their employee assistance program, or EAP. “We […]

Fundraising push supports Nellie Stone Johnson bust in Capitol

Nellie Stone Johnson had a distinguished record of public service in support of the advancement of minority concerns, the rights of workers and equal opportunities for all people.

Nellie Stone Johnson, the Minnesota-born labor and civil-rights activist, left a legacy of “firsts.” Now, Minnesotans have an opportunity to add to that legacy by making Johnson the first woman, first African American and first labor leader honored with a bust in the State Capitol. The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton last session authorized honoring […]

‘Community conversations’ around responsible banking begin Dec. 3

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A series of community conversations about the City of St. Paul’s new Responsible Banking Ordinance will convene Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the East Side Freedom Library. The new ordinance requires the City of St. Paul to look at how well financial institutions are serving the community before deciding which banks benefit from the city’s business. […]

Black Friday recap: Strikes, marches lift call for higher wages

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Demonstrators in the Twin Cities yesterday echoed an expansive call put forth at Black Friday actions across the country to lift workers and their families out of poverty by guaranteeing livable wages, access to earned sick time and a path to forming a union without fear of retaliation. The target of most Black Friday protests […]

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