Several actions are planned on Sept. 4, Labor Day, in Rochester and the Twin Cities, to support a $15 minimum wage and enforcement of paid sick time ordinances, as well as community involvement in infrastructure decisions.
Minneapolis firmly established itself as a leader in supporting working families and combatting poverty and racism with the City Council’s action Friday to approve a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour.
The Minneapolis City Council is poised to approve a $15 minimum wage – with no tip penalty – on Friday, after its Committee of the Whole gave preliminary approval to the measure Wednesday. The action came as a new study indicates the Seattle minimum wage law has increased pay for low-wage workers without causing job loss.
Chanting “Exploitation has got to go!” dozens of farm workers and supporters converged on the Wendy’s restaurant in north Minneapolis Monday, calling on the company to honor the human rights of the workers who help produce their food.
Community groups, labor unions and the movement for a $15 minimum wage are ramping up efforts against state legislation that would take away cities’ power to pass their own laws. Preemption bills appear headed to final votes in both the Minnesota House and Senate.
Minneapolis is in the spotlight as elected officials grapple with the question of raising the city’s minimum wage – and workers across the country are watching, a national expert on the restaurant industry said Tuesday.
Workers and their allies demonstrated in St. Paul and in cities across the country Thursday to protest the nomination of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. They also filed charges against his company, CKE restaurants, alleging wage theft, sexual harassment and retaliation for speaking out.
The 15Now Minnesota campaign is urging people to turn out for a series of listening sessions on raising the minimum wage in Minneapolis. The campaign is advocating for a $15 wage requirement for businesses operating in the city.
By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
The nomination of a fast food executive as U.S. Secretary of Labor drew immediate condemnation from unions and other worker organizations, who cited his opposition to raising the minimum wage and expanding eligibility for overtime pay.