26 arrested in St. Paul protest over low wages

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 29, 2013 - 11:21 PM

During retail America’s signature shopping day, 26 protesters were arrested in a Black Friday march near St. Paul’s bustling Midway Marketplace as they demanded higher wages for workers.

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marcymmbNov. 29, 1310:23 AM

They don't even work for Target they are sub-contractors so why aren't they protesting the company they work for.

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swschradNov. 29, 1310:55 AM

if Target, WalMart, and the other hardnosed employers were to hire their own cleaning and services people, they would pay less paying the workers directly, and could still afford to pay a living wage. half what they pay to a contractor goes to overhead.

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vesta44Nov. 29, 1311:41 AM

I suggest you get your facts straight. While Target may hire subcontractors to do their maintenance work, WalMart doesn't hire subcontractors to do their maintenance work - they hire people directly to do that glorified janitor work. I know this because my husband has been doing maintenance work there for the last 2+ years. It's taken him those two years to get up to $8.20 an hour, to get to go to full time (he started out as part time), and to be able to finally get health benefits (thankfully, all we need is the dental, as he gets his health care from the VA [he served 20 years and 20 days in the Navy] and I get my health care from Medicare/TriCare, neither of which offer dental care). And no, $8.20 an hour is NOT a living wage, not even for two people, let alone for a family with kid(s). If it weren't for his retirement pay, we wouldn't be able to survive as well as we are.

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albundy74Nov. 29, 13 1:27 PM

For those who would look down at cleaning people, I suggest they clean an office tower's bathrooms for a week and then re-evaluate compensation.

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snootafiskNov. 29, 13 2:33 PM

the corporations must remain competitive with China.

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wildfoxNov. 29, 13 4:06 PM

Protest on !!!!

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bcarsonmplsNov. 29, 13 4:07 PM

Snootafisk, surely you meant the corporations must *support* China...?

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texas_technomanNov. 29, 13 4:08 PM

Walmart, etc. don't have to pay more because they know that the taxpayers are footing the bill to to prop up their employees...McDonalds and their like are just as bad.

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dragon2000Nov. 29, 13 4:11 PM

'We all owe them a debt of gratitude' said Mayor-elect Hodges. -- well, the next time they need to buy pay the rent or buy food, perhaps retailers like MallWart will accept GRATITUDE as payment. "Hey, thanks for letting us shop here, and I'm grateful for the stuff - have a nice day!"

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julieannemNov. 29, 13 4:26 PM

I am sympathetic to workers, but even highly educated people have been effected by the recession and wages have been stagnant for everyone. Women still make less money then men. Obamacare and Medicaid should take care of the medical needs of the working poor commencing January 1st. Historically, supply and demand for workers has kept wages low for poorly educated people with no prospects for upward mobility. Add millions of low-skilled undocumented workers to the worker pool who are WILLING to work off the books for reduced wages and no benefits. If you don't think this effects employment opportunities and wages for everyone, you live in a dream world. There is a perfect storm for keeping wages low for the forseeable future, at least until the majority of the baby boomers retire. And unfortunately many of them are now forced to work much longer than they originally intended because of the losses they suffered during the great recession. We are lucky that we don't have the structural unemployment problems of a Spain, Portugal, France or Greece, or the working conditions of a Russia, a China or a Mexico. Then we would really have something to protest about.

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