Workday Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota, published with the support of labor organizations. Its focus is news and resources on issues important to working people.
Fast food workers across the nation walk off the job to demand a wage of $15 an hour. Domestic workers descend on the state Capitol in California calling for overtime pay and breaks on the job. Car wash workers in New York City go to court to stop their exposure to toxic chemicals.
Vowing that “it’s time for work to pay again,” a coalition of community, faith, labor and service organizations came together at the Minnesota State Fair to announce a campaign for a $9.50 minimum wage by 2015.
Hundreds of labor, fair trade, environmental and community activists marched through downtown Minneapolis to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal that could jeopardize American jobs, wages, consumer safety, health care and environmental standards.
Arturo Sanchez is accustomed to working outside in all kinds of weather, making concrete products at Cretex Companies. He didn't mind the hard work, he said, because he was earning a decent living and putting money into a pension plan for the day he would retire.
Imagine being locked out of your job for 19 months. Nineteen months with no paycheck, seeing your savings depleted, your home lost to foreclosure, your children deprived of basic needs like clothing and school supplies.
As the lockout's second Christmas approaches, food, toys and financial contributions have been pouring into the Red River Valley in support of workers and their families whom Crystal Sugar Company shut out from their jobs more than 16 months ago.