Labor

Borders: Re-framing the Minnesota minimum wage debate?

One conventional bit of argument about raising the minimum wage is shared by a businessman in extreme Southwestern Minnesota cited in Doug Beldon's article in Friday's Pioneer Press, Raising Minnesota's minimum wage expected to be hot issue:

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St. Paul teachers to rally Tuesday

St. Paul teachers took their message to this year's Winter Carnival Parade. (Photo courtesy of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers website)

Just days before a scheduled strike vote, members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will rally at school district headquarters.

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Union, yes! (maybe): Plot twists abound in a Tennessee union struggle

The workers at the plant are voting on whether or not to join a union. The vote is controversial, setting the company and local politicians at odds with each other in a bitter struggle playing out in the press and even on billboards around town. If you think you’ve seen this story before, hold on a moment.

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Higher wage proposed as part of Women's Economic Security agenda

Raising Minnesota’s minimum wage is a key component of a package of proposals that legislators say would help working women.

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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.

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