Video: Fair wages all over this land
Minnesotans' wages are shrinking. Adjusted for inflation, median household income has declined roughly $6,700 since 2000. There are a number of reasons for this decline, including the recession and workers losing ground in the work place.
After years of cutbacks and seeing the fruits of their labor surge to those at the top of their companies, workers are demanding a fairer share of the nation's prosperity. That movement is growing particularly strong in Minnesota, with men and women standing together for better wages, benefits and dignity in the workplace.
Among the many groups leading the charge for low-wage workers are the Service Employees International Union Local 26 and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. They've been holding a series of demonstrations in downtown Minneapolis over the last several weeks. Here's a recent rally on behalf of office custodial workers.