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Due to the bankruptcy, employees were fired en masse, leading many to struggle to pay their bills. Wright, along with the other former P3 employees, met with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. According to Wright, “The mayor said that he is going to do everything that he could to fight for us, and we look forward to that.”
Low wage workers don’t have “access to the living conditions that they build,” Aranda said. "They (construction workers) are already invested in our city; why can't they live in those neighborhoods [Edina, Eden Prairie] too?"
Fateh’s campaign workers consist entirely of University of Minnesota Twin Cities undergraduate students, with one student who just graduated this month. This marks the first all-student unit to unionize with the Campaign Workers Guild, announced the Guild in a press release on May 21.
For speakers and assembled guests, the memories of that day began with the sound of helicopters, which descended on the rural Iowa town of 2,200 to detain nearly 400 immigrant workers of the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant.
“Our outreach is to our next generation. Our next generation does not look like our current workforce in the construction industry. We are reaching out to individuals of color, immigrant populations, vets, and women,” Wagner said. “One of our goals is that our future construction workforce represents our communities.”
At least 20,000 North Carolina teachers, in #RedforEd T-shirts, descended on the state capital building in Raleigh on May 16.
They demanded more funding for schools so they can teach their kids, better pay for themselves and support staffers, and an end to the corporate tax cuts that robbed Tar Heel state schools of money for at least the past decade.
Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.