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AFSCME Says Walker Methodist Health Center Trying To Bust Union

Union Workers Rally Outside Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis

Workers at Walker Methodist Health Center are fighting management again to keep their union — and at the same time try to negotiate for a living wage. A rare employer-initiated election to decertify the union will likely happen sometime in December. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul Teachers Turn Up Heat On School Board With “People’s Board”

"People's Board" Meets In St. Paul

St. Paul’s school board has decided to no longer televisethe portion of its meeting where the public offers comments. So on Tuesday, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers decided to give the public its own televised forum to comment while the school board was meeting. Continue Reading →

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Lucila Dominguez honored at 9th annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards


(Note: This video is featured courtesy of The Saint Paul Foundation. To learn more about all of this year’s Ambassador Award honorees, visit
Lucila Dominguez knows that change doesn’t come easily. Sometimes it requires personal sacrifice, as demonstrated by her work with CTUL, the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (Center for Workers United in the Struggle). In fact, Lucila’s first volunteer act with CTUL was a 12-day hunger strike outside a major food retailer to protest unfair wages and working conditions. She continued to volunteer with CTUL until 2014, when she joined staff as a lead organizer, fighting for the rights of low-wage immigrant Latino workers. Continue Reading →

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Police Harassment, Workers Rights Issues Getting Minneapolis Leaders Attention

Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Presentation

Neighborhoods Organizing For Change Field (NOC) Organizer Mike Griffin led a “people’s state of the union” presentation at Minneapolis City Hall that outlined systemic labor issues for low-wage workers and how certain city laws are being abused by police to harass minorities. Continue Reading →

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Union Organizers Call McDonald’s Wage Raise “Publicity Stunt” – April 15 Strike Still Looms

McDonald's Logo

Organizers of a fast-food worker strike scheduled for later this month say the strike threat prompted McDonald’s to announce it is giving workers a pay raise. However, the strike is still on because the raise is not enough and most McDonald’s employees won’t get it. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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DFL Leaders Agree To Minimum Wage Hike, Deny “Horsetrading” On Building Deal

Minimum Wage Agreement Announcement

After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation. Continue Reading →

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


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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Busting Myths on $7.25 an Hour…An Uptake Leadership Profile: Veronica Mendez

Click on the Image of these Retail Cleaners in front of Kmart to Hear how they are Fighting for a Living Wage.

Veronica Mendez is a myth buster. Sadly, she says one of the biggest myths that needs busting is one of the myths Americans want to believe most about their country: The myth that if you work hard enough and long enough, you can succeed. Continue Reading →

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