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With New Bump, Minnesota Ushers In Region’s Top Minimum Wage

Minnesota will vault past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota this week to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

07/27/2015

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Protesters Fill Minneapolis U.S. Bank, City Hall Over Working Conditions

More than 300 protesters took over a U.S. Bank branch in the skyway of the company’s corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday.

07/15/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Bill To Cut Minimum Wage For Tipped Employees

The Minnesota House is debating a bill that could cut the minimum wage for some tipped employees.

04/22/2015

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Minn. East African Leaders Call For MSP Airport Wage Increase

Minnesota’s East African leaders are calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the airport. That’s nearly double the state’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour. A new employment report shows thousands of East Africans working at the airport are earning poverty-level wages.

04/08/2015

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Minnesota Walmart Employees Earning At Least $9 An Hour

Every Walmart employee in Minnesota is now earning at least $9 an hour. The pay raises for more than 7,700 Minnesotans went into effect last Saturday.

04/08/2015

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4 Things To Know: High Winds Fuel Fires, McDonald’s Wages & More

These are the four things you need to know for Thursday, April 2.

04/02/2015

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Study: In Minnesota, Women Earn 80 Cents To Men’s Dollar

A policy group tracking wages said that women still lag behind men when it comes to salaries, though Minnesota’s disparity is not as pronounced as the country’s at large. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research said women working full-time earn about 78 cents to every dollar men make.

03/13/2015

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St. Paul Café Bans Tipping, Raises Wages

A St. Paul coffee shop has done away with tipping, and opted to pay their employees higher wages. “We decided as a rule, as a group, to just ban tipping outright,” Kopplin’s Café co-owner Andrew Kopplin said. He wanted to find a way to compensate his employees fairly, no matter what shift they worked.

02/04/2015

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About 100 Protest At MSP Airport For Higher Wages

Protesters briefly blocked access to the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Friday afternoon. Around 100 people representing labor organizations blocked the road leading to the terminal for around 20 minutes to call for higher wages for airport workers.

12/05/2014

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Wages Creep Up Slowly, Housing Market Does Too

Minnesota’s economy is headed in the right direction but many people may not be feeling it in their paychecks yet. That’s one takeaway from a report released Thursday. The budget forecast shows state government on pace for a $1 billion surplus.

12/04/2014

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Punch Pizza Inspires Small Business Owner To Raise Wages

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.

04/26/2014

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Minn. House Passes Bill To Close Gender Pay Gap

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to close the pay gap between men and women. Data from the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota show that the median full-time annual earnings of a woman in the state is about $10,000 less than a man’s.

04/09/2014

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At Capitol, Health Experts Tie Low Wages To Low Life Expectancy

A group of health experts and faith leaders were at the state capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to raise wages to improve the health of workers. Statistics show that low-income workers die eight-years earlier than other workers. Shaquonica Johnson, 37, has been a personal care attendant for 15 years. She works several different jobs at $8.50 an hour to care for her two children.

03/03/2014

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Mpls. School District Reaches Contract Agreement With Teachers

After three days of negotiation, Minneapolis Public Schools has reached a contract agreement with its teachers late Saturday night. The specifics of the contract have not yet been released, but the district released the following statement: “We believe this contract will improve our overall effectiveness by investing in teachers and students who are at the core of our work.”

03/01/2014

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Minimum Wage Hike Advocates Rally At Minn. Capitol

A political coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase in Minnesota is rallying in the Capitol rotunda as the new legislative session gets underway. House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk are scheduled to speak at the Tuesday event sponsored by the Raise the Wage Coalition.

02/25/2014

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Fast Food Workers, Supporters Protest Wages Across Nation

Fast food workers and their supporters here in Minnesota and more than 100 cities across the country are holding a day of protests.

12/05/2013

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After Heidi’s Surprise Closing, Workers Still Seek $24,000 In Wages

Employees at a popular Uptown restaurant say they want money they worked hard for. Customers, and even some employees, showed up to Heidi’s in Minneapolis a week ago to find a sign notifying them the restaurant was closed.

10/29/2013

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Study: Minnesota’s Median Household Income Declines Sharply

Labor Day is an appropriate time to take a look at employment and wage issues, but a new report by a St. Paul-based economic group is revealing some disappointing findings about how well we are doing here in Minnesota.

09/02/2013

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Fast Food Workers Try To Super-Size Their Wages

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, a growing labor movement is gaining traction across the United States. It’s a union-backed effort known as “Fight for 15” and it involves fast food employees who believe they should make $15 an hour.

08/29/2013

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Minn. House Committee On Boosting Wages To Meet

A special state House committee on living wage jobs is holding a hearing in Minneapolis on how the state can help meet the need for more workforce training. The Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs meets Thursday morning at a Minneapolis community center.

07/11/2013

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Dayton Envisions Minimum Wage Between $9 And $9.50

As Minnesota legislators debate raising the state’s minimum wage, Gov. Mark Dayton says he’d be comfortable with hiking the rate to $9 or $9.50 per hour.

03/06/2013

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Janitors Reach Agreement, Security Guards May Strike Soon

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 reached a tentative agreement with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association Saturday on a three-year contract.

02/23/2013

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Local Janitor/Security Union Gives Go-Ahead To Strike

The SEIU Local 26 voted unanimously on Saturday afternoon to give their negotiators the power to strike. Thousands of workers who clean and protect building across the Twin Cities are ready to walk off the job.

02/09/2013

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Wal-Mart Workers & Unions Protest On Black Friday

Hundreds gathered outside the Wal-Mart store on Friday along University Avenue in St. Paul. They were some workers who had walked off the job, and others were members of labor unions lending their support.

11/23/2012

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500+ Union Workers Push For Better Wages

Hundreds of Twin Cities-area janitors, security guards, airport service workers, and retail cleaning workers gathered at St. Paul Central High School on Saturday for the SEIU Local 26’s Contract Convention to address upcoming contract negotiations.

11/17/2012

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