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MINNEAPOLIS - Some 800 Teamsters, in the Twin Cities for a national Teamsters Women’s Conference, filled Peavey Plaza Friday to protest corporate greed and call for action to address the nation’s unemployment crisis.
"Our country's been hijacked and we need to get it back,” said Kim Keller, deputy director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Organizing Department.

She mentioned three recent economic reports showing the U.S. poverty rate is at its highest since 1994, that one out of every seven people in the country live in poverty and that 1.2 million families will lose their homes in the next year. Women now make 82 cents for every dollar men earn, a smaller gap than in the past, but women’s wages aren’t really improving – men have fared worse in the current recession.