Wage hike shows what’s possible when workers join together, think big

Six years ago, it was dismissed as too radical. Today, $15 for all workers is written into St. Paul’s legislative code.

Fight for $15 moves to city hall

“The time for debate is over,” Pastor James Erlandson said. “It’s time to pass the ordinance.”

Mitra Jalali Nelson: Labor endorsed in St. Paul’s Ward 4

A self-described “organizer at heart,” Nelson knows it takes people power to make meaningful change.

Kip Hedges: Labor has a big stake in St. Paul’s fight for $15

The labor movement was at its strongest when we took on fights that benefited the entire working class.

Women workers take on MN restaurant lobby over tip penalty

An attack on tipped workers’ wages is an attack on women.

Bobby Kasper: Raising wages starts at home

In St. Paul, we can cross our fingers and wait for corporate tax cuts to trickle down, or we can pass a $15 minimum wage that ensures no one working in our city lives in poverty.

Roy Magnuson: Labor unity is key as St. Paul turns the page

An intense St. Paul election cycle ended with a decisive win for Melvin Carter as mayor and similarly decisive wins for John Brodrick, Jeannie Foster and Marny Xiong in the school board race. Labor was a united force in the less prominent school board race, and a split force in the mayor’s race. With the […]

Mayor’s race divides St. Paul unions

It was no coincidence that Republican majorities in the Minnesota Legislature last session made stripping power from local governments one of their top priorities. Frustrated by political gridlock at the state and federal levels, working people in Minnesota and beyond are building powerful coalitions to make their voices heard in local government, and their elected […]

St. Paul fast-food workers strike for $15 on Labor Day

Striking fast-food workers rallied with supporters outside a St. Paul McDonald’s this morning, demanding $15 per hour and respect on the job. “We need something to live on,” said 27-year-old Tay Polite, on strike from her job at McDonald’s in the city’s Midway district. “Even with a job we’re still struggling to support our families. […]

Campaign for $15 sets sights on St. Paul

After an inspiring victory in Minneapolis, the coalition of unions, faith groups and community organizations working in support of a $15 minimum wage has shifted its focus to St. Paul, where a wide-open mayoral contest creates a strategic window of opportunity. After it passed the City Council by an 11-1 vote, Mayor Betsy Hodges signed […]