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Workers March Through Mpls Skyway in Hopes of Ending 'Poverty Wages'

Updated: 02/26/2014 6:00 PM
Created: 02/25/2014 7:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Local janitors made their push Wednesday to try to get minimum wage raised in Minnesota.

Workers marched through the Minneapolis skyway to call for an end to what the group refers to as poverty wages, the same day President Obama was in town.

The workers joined together through CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, a Twin Cities workers center. The group is asking leaders from big corporations to support a push at the State Capitol to raise the state minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50 per hour.

The march and rally is part of a week of action that will also see worker-led actions at Walmart and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, highlighting some of the faces of "poverty wage jobs" in Minnesota, according to a news release. 

These groups came together the week of Thanksgiving for actions calling to end poverty wages in Minnesota, culminating in a large march and arrests in St. Paul on Black Friday. 

Opponents argue raising the minimum wage will hurt small businesses, lead to layoffs and raise prices for consumers.

Meanwhile, President Obama spoke Wednesday afternoon at Union Depot. He asked Congress for $300 billion to update roads and railways, arguing the taxpayer investment will help put Americans to work.


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