Voters back labor candidates, campaigns in local elections

Candidates carrying the unified labor endorsement performed well in local elections across the East Metro last week, and union members helped pass several school-funding measures as well. The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, endorsed 25 candidates on the ballot in 2019, and 23 won their races. All six school levy and bond referendums endorsed […]

St. Paul’s union-endorsed candidates aim to build on city’s new labor standards

In November 2015, when St. Paul last held regular City Council elections, the city had no earned sick and safe time ordinance on the books, and hardly anyone at City Hall was talking about a $15 minimum wage. What a difference four years make. When voters in St. Paul go back to the polls Nov. […]

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.”

Women workers take on MN restaurant lobby over tip penalty

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

As momentum for $15 builds in St. Paul, so does concern over corporate interference

Corporate special interests and Republicans in the Legislature are trying to pull the rug out from under workers fighting for $15 in St. Paul.

Four takeaways from the new report on raising St. Paul’s minimum wage

Poverty wages are a big problem in St. Paul, but interest groups are already trying to poke holes in a potential minimum wage ordinance.

Prominent activist to talk $15, #MeToo with tipped workers in St. Paul

Saru Jayaraman’s work reveals the tip penalty’s troubling impact on working conditions in the restaurant industry, especially regarding sexual harassment.

Council vote gives St. Paul nation’s strongest earned sick time ordinance

Members of the St. Paul City Council today voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance hailed by working people, small business owners, clergy members and other advocates as the strongest earned sick and safe time law on the books nationwide. Mayor Chris Coleman immediately indicated he would support the ordinance, making St. Paul the 35th U.S. […]

Small business owners voice support for sick-time ordinance in St. Paul

  At a press conference today, small business owners in St. Paul said passing a citywide sick-time ordinance is the right thing to do – not only for the health of their workers, but also the health of their bottom lines. Providing employees with earned sick and safe time makes them less likely to jump […]