Steve Rogness, Part II: Minnesota and Wisconsin United – As Always – To Stand For Workers’ Rights!

Minnesota and Wisconsin have both played key roles in advancing workers’ rights over our histories. One of Wisconsin’s earliest crusader was “Fightin’ Bob” Lafollette. His firebrand campaigns against “Stalwart Republicans” and “vast corporate combinations” and his calls for minimum wages and workers’ compensation systems inspired progressives to elect him to a 40-year career in Congress,

Doug Williams, Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s Attacks On The Middle Class

It’s not complicated. It’s actually pretty straight forward. It’s not about the money concessions being demanded from state workers. It is about a power-grab by major corporations to weaken unions, weaken the middle class, and so weaken any holds that the people of our country have on unchecked corporate power. CEOs spent about $1 billion in

Steve Rogness, Part I: Minnesota and Wisconsin United – As Always – To Stand For Workers’ Rights!

Minnesota’s outpouring of support in solidarity with Wisconsin’s fight for workers’ rights has been truly amazing. Only days after the situation materialized, Minnesota’s labor movement was organizing one rally after another. Hundreds turned out on a freezing bridge over I-94 in Hudson on Saturday February 19th, marching half-a-mile to the Hudson government center for a

Gene Nichols, A Healthier Minnesota For All Of Us

I often compare important issues that occur around the country to those that are critical to me as a Minnesotan.  At first, I assumed nothing could be worse than taking away the rights of people to bargain fairly in order to make an honest living.  After all, don’t we all want to live in a

Dan McGrath, Governor’s Budget Shows We’re All In This Together

A year ago at this time Tim Pawlenty was still our governor and the main topic of conversation at the state capitol was whether or not the legislature would ratify his unilateral cuts to necessary state programs to help local governments keep our streets safe and clear of snow, provide health care for tens of thousands of our poorest residents, and help

Mark Schultz, Keynote Speech Given At TakeAction Minnesota’s Annual Meeting

There are really two questions I want to ask this afternoon: Where are we now, politically, socially, economically? and Who and What are we in this historical moment? So — Where are we now? Look outside.  Let’s take a lesson from nature. We are in the depths of winter. In Minnesota today, we are far

Chris Conry, Raise Taxes on the Wealthy to Encourage Public Spending

Our $6.2 billion state budget deficit is unprecedented.  In fact, some would argue it’s the perfect storm: an unpredictable recession triggered by an unforeseen speculative asset bubble that was an unusual market failure.  It was none of these.  Markets collapse.  When they do, we have to dig out.  Fortunately, Minnesotans know how to use a