Renovation will make youth employment skills trainer Cookie Cart more environmentally friendly

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land.


When a pay raise costs too much

Minnesota’s anti-poverty programs are intended to incentivize work for those who are able, meaning that earning more money is usually a more lucrative deal than earning less money and remaining on public assistance. However, sometimes the numbers get a little wonky, creating “cliffs” where people lose a lot of assistance for earning just a little bit more money.


Women's economic security on the move

Legislators and advocates have been working hard this session to build opportunity for all Minnesotans through closing the achievement gaps in education, improving racial health equity and addressing economic disparities that women face.


Impact of minimum wage increase

Last week, the long push to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour came to a successful conclusion with the signing of House File 2091 into law. The Economic Policy Institute has estimated that this increase would boost wages for 357,000 workers and increase purchasing power in the state by $472 million.


Union coverage to continue after Rainbow grocery sale

Workers at Twin Cities Rainbow grocery stores that are being sold will continue to have union representation with their new employers, the United Food & Commercial Workers said. Workers at Rainbow stores that are likely to close will receive severance and other benefits and will get help in finding employment, the union said.


Worthington packinghouse workers authorize strike

Workers at the JBS pork processing facility have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, their union announced.


Fair is fair: Raise the federal minimum wage

Last week, Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on whether to enact a modest raise of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 an hour to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to bring it up for a vote again. He should. And it should pass.


BEHIND THE STORY | From symbolic gesture to social change

On April 25, I had the privilege of attending the Minneapolis City Council meeting where the local government body voted unanimously to observe Indigenous People’s Day on the day of the federal hol


May 1 marchers demanding immigration reform block Minneapolis intersection

Photos and video by Paige Elliott

Members of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”), faith and labor groups, civil rights activists, including American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, and a host of others, gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 1 to call for comprehensive immigration reform and the end of deportations. 


Plumbers make repairs for needy homeowners

Plumbers Local 15 members Jeff Corbett (left) Steve Friend (right) were among the 96 union plumbers who volunteered for the annual “Water’s Off” event.

Volunteer plumbers from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local 34 helped 81 needy homeowners as part of the 20th annual “Water’s Off” day of community service Saturday, April 5.

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