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

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.

Waiter Gives Emmer Heat On Minimum Wage

“Craziness” is how a waiter at Minnesota Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s Town Hall meeting characterized Emmer’s proposal for a “tip penalty”. What Emmer calls a “tip credit” would allow employers to pay lower than minimum wage to employees who get tips.