Labor

Myth and reality about the minimum wage and women

Many arguments are being made about whether or not to raise Minnesota's minimum wage. In a series of videos, Workday Minnesota is examining some of the myths and realities about the minimum wage.

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Minneapolis' Lyndale Neighborhood Association explores the minimum wage

Community members discuss the minimum wage at January's General Membership

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is discussing whether or not LNA should support legislation to increase the minimum wage. The idea for this action was first raised from feedback gathered during canvassing that took place last fall.

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The movement that sings for freedom

Proponents of progressive political change lost two vital contributors this past month. Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger shared an important understanding – that music is central to the creation, deepening, and extension of social movements. “Music is a method,” writes Shana Redmond in her new book, Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora. “Beyond its pleasures,” she continues, “music allows us to do and imagine things that may otherwise be unimaginable or seem impossible.” Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger not only understood this, but they devised effective ways to communicate this understanding to broad audiences. The best way we can honor their memories is to sing the old songs, and make new songs, sing together.

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Summit spotlights importance of women's economic status

Last week’s Women’s Economic Security Summit highlighted a critical part of strengthening Minnesota’s economy – improving the economic status of women.

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Minimum wage impact by city

In Minnesota, mayors from the Iron Range to the Twin Cities took a bold step to support low-wage workers. They are urging the state legislature to raise the minimum wage to at least $9.50 with increases for inflation. These mayors are also urging local leaders in other parts of the state to follow suit.

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Exposing the myths about the minimum wage

Many arguments are being made about whether or not to raise Minnesota's minimum wage. In a series of videos, Workday Minnesota is examining some of the myths and realities about the minimum wage. This video features Barb Johnson, a small business owner in Winthrop, Minnesota.

Washington state has both strong economy, higher minimum wage

A higher minimum wage is not incompatible with a strong economy, and Washington state is a prime example. A recent MinnPost article finds that Washington’s economy is thriving – and it has the highest minimum wage in the country. Considering the attention that the minimum wage will likely receive during this upcoming legislative session in Minnesota, it’s an important message to consider.

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In sync with the POTUS on workforce training and early childhood

One particular theme in President Obama’s State of the Union address resonated for us at Growth & Justice. And we think it might have drawn the most bi-partisan applause from business owners, educators and philanthropic leaders.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | MN Teacher of the Year: Why I'm walking in the snow for St. Paul students

I’m going to be walking through the snow before dawn. I’m walking because I know for a fact that even with the best teacher, a kid gets a better education in a smaller class. (Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Andrei Niemimäki)

I’m a teacher, and I’m also a parent. This morning I will be walking in the cold with fellow St. Paul educators and parents across the city. We are going to walk to ask the St. Paul Board of Education to settle a contract, which makes real progress on issues that parents care about, including lowering class sizes and increasing access to preschool. We educators are not on strike – yet – but we need the board to know that our kids can’t wait any longer for our contract issues to be addressed.

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Stopgap measures won't end Minnesota's racial disparities

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS), offered the first in a series of webinars designed to help private employers navigate the new Ban the Box law, which went into effect on January 1st.

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