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Hundreds of Minnesotans to Attend Rally to Raise the Wage

Advocates Call On Legislators to Increase the State Minimum Wage to At Least $9.50 Early in Legislative Session

St. Paul, Minnesota- While Working Minnesota’s Minimum Wage Challenge concludes today, a broad coalition of advocates will continue to pressure lawmakers as they kick off the 2014 Legislative Session tomorrow to act quickly to raise the minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Coalition of more than 60 community, faith, labor, non-profit and service-based organizations will host a rally, tomorrow, February 25th at 4pm CT.

The rally will call on lawmakers to pass a minimum wage bill that contains an increase to at least $9.50 early in the legislative session. Hundreds of Minnesotans are expected to attend. Local hip-hop artist Brother Ali and other community artists will perform at the rally.

What: Rally to Raise the Wage

Who: Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota & Raise the Wage Co-Chair; Workers from across Minnesota; Rev. Billy Russell, Chaplain, Raise the Wage Campaign; Pastor, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; President MN State Baptist Convention; Speaker of the House Paul Thissen; Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk; Lucinda Jesson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

When: Tuesday, February 25th at 4 PM

Where: State Capitol Rotunda, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul


The Raise the Wage Coalition is a broad coalition of community, faith, labor, non-profit and service-based organizations working together to:

• Raise the minimum wage for small business to $8.50 and large business to at least $9.50 by 2015 for employers.

• Ensure the minimum wage keeps it’s value by indexing it to inflation.

• Conform to federal definition of a large business. ($500,000 annual gross sales).

• Conform state law to reflect the federal 40 hour work week and twelve weeks of parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

• Protect tipped workers from having their wages cut by not allowing tip penalty language to be added.

Official Coalition Partners/Public Supporters: A Minnesota Without Poverty; AFSCME Council 5; Alliance for Metropolitan Stability; Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL); Children’s Defense Fund, Minnesota; Churches United in Ministry (CHUM); CWA Minnesota State Council; Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties; Community Grassroots Solutions; East Central Area Labor Council; Education Minnesota; Greater Minnesota Worker Center; Growth & Justice; JOBS NOW Coalition; Joint Religious Legislative Coalition; Habitat for Humanity; IAM Minnesota State Council; IAM District 77; IAM Local Lodge 112; IAM Local Lodge 1956; IBEW Minnesota State Council; ISAIAH; Jewish Community Action; Itasca Working Families Alliance; League of Women Voters; Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; Minnesota AFL-CIO; Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE); Minnesota Budget Project; Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast; Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless; Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Minnesotans for a Fair Economy; Minnesota Mayors for Raising the Wage (Mayors Cannata, Coleman, Hodges, Lindstrom, Ness, & Stiehm); Minnesota Women’s Consortium; Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO; Minnesota Young Workers, AFL-CIO; Minnesota 2020; MPIRG; NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota; Native American Community Development Institute; Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC); North East Area Labor Council; OPEIU Local 12; Open Access Connections; OutFront Minnesota; Project for Pride in Living; Ramsey Community Action Partnership; River Valley Action; Saint Paul Federation of Teachers; Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation; SEIU Healthcare Minnesota; SEIU Minnesota State Council; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates; Southeast Area Labor Council; Southwest Central Labor Council; TakeAction Minnesota; The Family Partnership; Transit for Livable Communities; UNITE HERE Local 17; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189; West Area Labor Council; and Working America


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