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Minnesota Workers Celebrate As Gov. Dayton Signs $9.50 Wage Law

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Governor Mark Dayton signed the new minimum wage bill into law Monday in a jubilant celebration at the State Capitol that brought waves of emotion to the many groups that worked to see the law passed. The bill affects 375,000 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota, who will see their wages raised to $8 an hour starting in August and to $9.50 in 2016. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Brother Ali Sings, Workers Rally To “Raise The Wage” In Minnesota

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Hundreds of people carried signs and wore “Raise the Wage” T-shirts in the State Capitol, dancing while Brother Ali sang and established a tone of jubilant expectation for a rally calling on Legislators to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage. Continue Reading →

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Workers: Keep The Fries; We Want That $15 Hourly Wage We Need To Live

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Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan

On the heels of last week’s large Black Friday protests in the Twin Cities, demonstrations calling for better wages for fast-food workers were staged in three Minnesota cities Thursday: Protests demanding a living wage were held outside fast-food restaurants in Minneapolis, Lakeville and Cambridge as part of a nationwide effort called Fast Food Forward, a campaign which originated in New York City demanding that hourly wages be increased to $15 an hour. In Minneapolis, about 45 people gathered in front of the McDonalds and Burger King restaurants on Stinson Boulevard in Northeast Minneapolis. The local action, organized by SEIU and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, lasted about 20 minutes in the sub-zero windchill. Organizers said that no workers left their jobs to strike in Minnesota, as was the case in some other states, but that the action here was meant to raise awareness of the issue of poverty wages. Anytrea Baker, a food service worker at Minneapolis Public Schools and a member of SEIU, said she came out to support her fellow food service workers. Continue Reading →

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Fight For Living Wages Ends In 26 Black Friday Arrests in St Paul

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Twenty-six people were arrested Friday during the “March to end Poverty Wages,” the culmination of a week of Black Friday actions pressing for better pay and working conditions and the right to organize for retail, janitorial and other low-wage workers in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Budget

Gov. Scott Walker signs the $68 Billion Wisconsin budget Sunday.

Story for The UpTake by Tracey Pollock

Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Gov. Scott Walker signed the $68 billion biennial Wisconsin state budget Sunday, visiting a private trade show exhibits manufacturer that recently moved its headquarters to Wisconsin from Illinois, and laying out five goals of the state budget he said benefited “the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin.” But, as critics of Walker’s budget noted, the wealthiest taxpayers will benefit the most. Walker made 57 line-item vetoes before signing the budget, which passed along strict party lines, with only one Republican state senator joining the Democrats in opposition. The last-minute vetoes included removing a provision that would have allowed for a private bail-bonds system in the state, and another that would have kicked the Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus. Continue Reading →

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Push for Anti-Foreclosure Legislation Wins Abbreviated Homeowner “Bill of Rights”

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Minnesota homeowner Rose McGee won a year-long struggle with CitiBank to keep her home. Along the way, she became a champion of anti-foreclosure movement, which pushed the state legislature to pass a Homeowner Bill of Rights. Continue Reading →

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Non-Removables: The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Welcomes You to St Paul (Again)

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Today, in an ironic reversal of fortune that would have been impossible to foresee just a few years ago, Minnesota’s native people again are warmly welcoming people to their homes on the Mississippi River — homes called The Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree Hotels. Continue Reading →

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Half Native, Half Asian: All Service to the People…An UpTake Profile: DANIEL YANG

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Daniel Yang is part of a new cohort of young leaders in the Native American community in South Minneapolis, a half-Native, half-Asian grassroots activist with a passion for public service and a special compassion for refugees. The experience of being lost, exiled and afraid is one his family knows well: Yang’s father was a Hmong refugee who, along with his Ojibwe mother, instilled a commitment to social justice and community service in his son. Continue Reading →

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2012 Homeless Memorial: Remembering Minnesotans Who Died on the Street

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Every year, a silent march and vigil is held to honor those who died while living on the streets of Minnesota. More than 250 names were read at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Minneapolis during the memorial’s 28th year in existence. Continue Reading →

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