Legislature Fails To Protect Poor From Financial Predators

Businesses are driving poor people further into poverty says a group of Minnesota religious leaders. Their new report on “poverty profiteering” says inaction by Minnesota lawmakers is to blame along with payday lenders, big banks, and wall street.

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 http://www.saintpaulfoundation.org/ambassador_awards/)
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.

Protest At McDonalds

Fight For $15 Draws Huge Crowd, Invades McDonalds

A rally for $15 an hour draws a huge crowd at the University of Minnesota. Many in the crowd then march to a nearby McDonald’s to confront the manager about the low wages the store pays workers.

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

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…)