With both the House and Senate passing a bill to increase Minnesota's minimum wage, it seems like a foregone conclusion that an increase will be signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton. But exactly what that increase will amount to remains an open question.SEE ALSO: DFL Rep. Jason Metsa seeks to und ... More >>
Earlier this month, five workers at Chicago Lake Liquors were fired days after petitioning management for higher wages.THE BACKSTORY: Chicago Lake Liquors employees petition for raises; five fired two days later
They haven't given up their fight to get their jobs back. Last Saturday evening, they he ... More >>
A new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition concludes that 55 percent of renters in the state can't afford a market-rate two-bedroom apartment, making Minnesota the most unaffordable state in the Midwest for renters for the third year in a row.FROM LAST YEAR: Minnesota has the most unaf ... More >>
When he signed an executive order calling for an end to a longstanding pay freeze for members of Congress and other federal employees last Thursday, President Obama essentially offered Michele Bachmann a $900-a-year raise. But Bachmann and a majority of her colleagues in the GOP-controlled House wan ... More >>
The Wedge Co-op reached an agreement yesterday on a three-year contract with its warehouse workers, who unionized this spring in a labor dispute.
Warehouse employees at the Wedge organized through UFCW 1189 due to concerns about stagnant wages and a top-down management style. Union leader Bernie He ... More >>
Employees of the Wedge's Co-op Partners Warehouse have formed a union to voice their dissatisfaction with wages and management decisions.
In addition to the Wedge storefront on Lyndale Avenue, the Wedge runs a warehouse in St. Paul that's a supplier to many co-ops, grocery stores, and restaurants. T ... More >>
Jimmy John's is on trial for firing organizers over this posterJimmy John's went on trial this week for firing six union organizers last March.Franchise owner Miklin Enterprises fired David Boehnke, Micah Buckley-Farlee, Erik Forman, Davis Ritsema, Max Specter, and Mike Wilkow after the workers d ... More >>
Kowalski's will be pesented with a lump of coal from UFCW 1189 at a demonstration this afternoonA local labor union plans to give Kowalski's Markets a lump of coal this afternoon over a contract dispute.
The union, UFCW 1189, has been negotiating its contract with Kowalski's since last Janua ... More >>
SuperTarget, super profits, not-super employee relations.Good news for Target shareholders: Profits are up, and so's the stock price! Bad news for Target employees: The woman who tried to organize a union for Target workers in New York has been fired. Tashawna Green, the 21-year-old single mother ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty's "Truth" campaign is a bit blurry.Tim Pawlenty keeps having to back away from his tough guy talk. This time, he was caught making up nonsense in Tennessee about facing down "the unions" in the "longest transit strike in the history of the United States."
That certainly would ha ... More >>
Target employees voted not to unionize.At least now the Target employees in Valley Stream, N.Y., know how to get raises, free coffee and donuts, and a renovated lunch room: Just offer to snitch on the union trying to organize fellow employees.
That's the gist of a petition just filed with th ... More >>
Gov. Scott Walker's allies get caught in a dirty trick.A number of Wisconsin Republicans are still trying to figure out how to survive the PR debacle birthed by their public employee union busting legislation earlier this year. One of the upshots is a series of recall drives being launched agains ... More >>
Layoff notices are delayed for a little while.Even in the escalating game of chicken surrounding the state budget negotiations, this morning's story was an attention-grabber: Layoff notices were going out today to some 800 law enforcement officers, including State Troopers.
Just in case anyo ... More >>
Walker's even lost the zombie vote.He's a hero to tea partiers, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keeps getting bad news from statewide polls.
The latest survey finds that just 31 percent of folks in Wisconsin have apparently bought into his line that he wants to strip public employees of thei ... More >>
Michele Bachmann wants the president out of Wisconsin.Rep. Michele Bachmann told Megyn Kelly on Fox News this afternoon that it was admirable of former president Ronald Reagan to insert himself into the air traffic controllers strike of 1981 - and fire all the strikers.
But she said it was d ... More >>
Photo: Mark Riechers/FlickrDemocrats abandon ship in Madison.Republican Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, and he's threatened to call out the Wisconsin National Guard on public employee union members if they go on strike.
And now, ... More >>
Getting laid off doesn't mean you have to stop getting laid. Pfizer is offering customers that have had their drug prescriptions for more than three months to get the drugs for free up to one year if they lost their jobs this year.