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Dozens of Minnesotans attended the Raise the Wage! community roundtable at the Powderhorn Recreation Center in Minneapolis on Monday. Hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison, D-5th Dist., and Congressman Rick Nolan, D-8th Dist., the roundtable provided an opportunity for low-wage workers to speak about their struggles as well as open up a discussion with the broader community about the campaign to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50.
While endorsing the goals of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, delegates to the national AFL-CIO convention condemned provisions that threaten the health care plans of 20 million Americans, including several hundred thousand in Minnesota.
The realities facing American workers – from unemployment and stagnant wages to the lack of family-supporting jobs – are driving the nation’s unions to seek new, deeper relationships with community groups and other allies.
An unprecedented number of nontraditional labor organizations, representing workers as disparate as dancers and taxi drivers, are participating in the AFL-CIO convention, where the federation took action to endorse new forms of organizing.
The AFL-CIO sent a strong message Sunday that it welcomes the participation – and leadership – of young workers by adopting a measure that gives them greater voice in the nation’s largest labor federation.
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.