Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Some of the highlights of an action packed Thursday…Thanks Mother Nature! Click the link above to listen back.
A major Twin Cities restaurant group is raising the minimum wage for some of its employees higher than the new state law requires. The Blue Plate Restaurant Company owns eight popular spots, and will open a new restaurant at the State Fair Thursday. Starting Sept. 1, Blue Plate’s non-tip workers will earn $9.69 an hour.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s disappointed that some Minnesota restaurants are pushing costs of a minimum wage increase on their customers. Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition Thursday that he thinks the decision is tacky.
People eating at a Stillwater restaurant Tuesday noticed a new fee added to their bill. Owners of the Oasis Cafe are charging a 35 cent minimum wage fee. They say it’s to offset the cost of an increased minimum wage for tipped employees.
Friday marked the first time in 10 years that Minnesotans got a minimum wage increase. The state’s minimum wage for large employers is now $8 an hour.
Minimum-wage earners in Minnesota get a pay raise to $8 an hour. For Minnesota’s lowest-paid workers, the most welcome move the Legislature made this year was increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.
Aug. 1 brings a gaggle of new laws for Minnesota, ranging from the little-discussed (such as establishing Cesar Chavez Day in Minnesota every March 31) to the hard-fought (raising the state’s minimum wage).
President Obama is heading to Minnesota this week after he was in the Twin Cities just a few months ago. Obama visited St. Paul back in February and gave a speech the Union Depot about transportation.
President Barack Obama’s latest trip to Minnesota is about drawing attention to the state’s about-to-increase minimum wage and drawing campaign checks to assist House Democrats in the fall.
Six months ago, a Twin Cities business took a risk few have voluntarily taken. Before state law changed minimum wage laws in April, the owner of Punch Pizza increased wages to $10 an hour — a $2.5 million investment over the next 10 years.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development officials say the summer job outlook for teens is looking pretty good this year. DEED Jobs Analyst Oriane Casale says the unemployment rate for teens in Minnesota is down substantially from the last two years.
Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman among Dave’s guests today….listen to those interviews and other highlights by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE!
A Twin Cities pizza chain is getting national attention once again for leading the way with higher employee wages. “Hi, everybody. In my state of the union address, I talked about pizza. More specifically, I talked about a pizza chain in Minneapolis – Punch Pizza – whose owner, John Soranno, made the business decision to give his employees a raise to ten bucks an hour,” President Obama said in his weekly address.
Governor Dayton talks with Dave Lee….to hear that conversation and others from today, Click the link above!