Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.
On the same day that more than 100 Twin Cities fast-food workers went on strike, area nursing home workers took up the “Fight for $15” as well, rallying outside a Roseville care center for a contract that includes fair wages.
Striking fast food workers and community supporters rallied outside McDonald’s restaurants in St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday, joining a nationwide day of action in 320 cities to call for a $15 minimum wage, paid sick time and union rights.
Minnesota’s union membership rate held steady at 14.2 percent of the workforce in 2015 with 363,000 working Minnesotans belonging to a union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual survey of union membership also showed the national rate holding steady at 11.1 percent.