A day after Jeff Johnson won the MNGOP gubernatorial primary, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) came out swinging.You see, during a speech to the Southwest Metro Tea Party earlier this year, Johnson vowed to "go all Scott Walker on Minnesota" if he's elected. ... More >>
Though restaurants like the River Oasis Cafe in Stillwater and the Blue Plate family have made no secret about not being fans of Minnesota's first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade, one downtown Minneapolis restaurant has embraced it.Pat Forciea, marketing director for Hell's Kitchen, tells u ... More >>
Tuesday's announcement that Minnesota's home health care providers will hold an election to unionize led to a fierce eruption of responses from both Minnesota's union backers and critics. In its statement following the election, the SEIU (the union the workers would join), was obviously positive, ... More >>
Jennifer Beckham has worked as an adjunct English professor at Hamline University in St. Paul for nine years. During that time, she hasn't received a raise or even a cost of living adjustment to her pay, and she has little hope of ever being promoted.So you can understand why Beckman joined with 44 ... More >>
Rep. Frank Hornstein, D-Minneapolis, is one of five House DFLers taking part in the "minimum wage challenge." So for a week, he'll be working with the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour (or $290 a week before taxes) to eat and get himself around.RELATED: Rep. Winkler "guardedly confident" minimum wage ... More >>
Target laid off 475 workers today and won't fill another 700 positions that opened over the past six months, company spokesperson Molly Synder told City Pages this afternoon.A LIGHTER NOTE: Target apologizes for labeling plus-size dress as "Manatee Gray" Synder said the layoffs "are not in response ... More >>
Seema Desai claims the Minneapolis department tasked with making sure employers treat workers fairly fails on that very score when it comes to its own employees.SEE ALSO: Facebook removes "I Hate the Pedal Pub" page after Pedal Pub's lawyer complains Desai, a 33-year-old former complaint investigati ... More >>
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 >>
Workers and management try to resolve differences after a contentious year
The so-called "right to work" bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee earlier today, but it's unclear whether the measure has enough support to be approved by both the House and Senate.Today's committee vote was 7-6, with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, joining ... 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 >>
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 >>
The faculty senate approved a 1.15 percent salary cut yesterday by a 130-26 vote.
Those poor AIG executives. So bailed out under Bush by taxpayers. So persecuted. Yet somehow, so much richer today.
Whether Star Tribune readers will notice or care is anyone's guess at the moment.
The bad news: 1,600 Minnesotans lost their jobs in May. The good news: that's the smallest monthly loss since August 2008.
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.
Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-84 margin.
Contract talks for roughly 5,000 grocery workers in the east metro area will begin tomorrow morning. The bargaining unit includes employees at stores such as Rainbow, Cub, Lunds and Byerlys.
Over the last year the median wage for all Greater Minnesota job openings fell by 12 percent to $8.65 per hour; in a dual-earner family of four both parents must earn an hourly wage of at least $10.68 per hour.
Judge denies unemployment benefits to Northwest mechanics
Wounded egos, labor actions, and Powerpoint presentations at the Pioneer Press
Workers say they can't get a fair shake from one of Minneapolis's most posh hotels
Conspiracies and labor angst at a Minneapolis hipster mecca
Employees say Northwest Airlines works harder to avoid discrimination lawsuits than it does to stop bigotry
The grim reaper visits the St. Paul Pioneer Press
Car chases, cell phones, and a smelly Super Soaker: This is not your father's picket line
St. Paul launches a campaign to open bidding wars on city services
Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.
For 17 years Larry Blackwell has been incurring the wrath of Minneapolis officials in his position as city affirmative action director.