To assess care crisis, Walz ‘walks a day’ in PCA’s shoes

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz walked in a home health care worker’s shoes today in St. Paul. The governor helped 41-year-old Jay Spika, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis, bathe, dress and depart his St. Paul home. Walz worked alongside one of Spika’s home health aide, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member Deb Howze. The “walk-a-day” event offered […]

Home care workers push Walz to address ‘crisis of care’ with higher wages

Workforce and demographic trends amount to a crisis, home care workers and clients warn, and addressing it starts with raising wages.

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’s next target: MSP Airport

Nearly 3,000 workers would benefit from raising MSP’s minimum wage to $15, a boost of close to $13 million into the Twin Cities economy.

St. Paul workers, families keep pressure on as council takes up $15

The ordinance would raise wages for an estimated 56,000 people – nearly a third of the city’s workforce.

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.

Teamsters to vote on U’s final contract offer [UPDATED]

Members of Teamsters Local 320 have voted to accept the U’s final offer, the union announced yesterday.

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 […]

As local preemption debate heats up, new book charts CA city’s progressive renewal

Mayoral elections are on the horizon in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Corporate lobbyists at the Minnesota Capitol are taking aim at local ordinances expanding access to earned sick and safe time. The timing, it seems, couldn’t be better for author Steve Early’s book reading and discussion at 7 p.m. March 7 at the East […]