One of the most influential unions in Minnesota released an endorsement yesterday for bills moving through the House and Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. AFSCME Council 5 has more than 43,000 members in dozens of local chapters around the state, including the City of Minneapolis, Department ... More >>
At the end of the workday on Saturday, March 30, 13 employees at Chicago Lakes Liquors presented their general manager with a petition asking that all of the 25 or so employees at the store receive raises.SEE ALSO: In Iowa, women can be lawfully fired for being so sexy, they make their boss contempl ... More >>
Cub Foods will no longer have to deal with CTUL.Cub Foods has settled a lawsuit with the labor union that's been hounding them for the past year. CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (The Center of Workers United in Struggle) represented a number of cleaning workers demanding better ... More >>
Rep. Tom Hackbarth somehow drags Hitler and Castro into debate about Minnesota's budget.Representative Tom Hackbarth really knows how to start trouble for himself. First it was lurking in an abortion clinic parking lot with a gun. Now this. Late last week, Hackbarth got an email from Robin S ... 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 >>
Katherine Windels got carried away.There's no doubt that pro- and anti-union forces used almost every trick in the book during the assembly battle over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. But while there was a lot of shouting, scre ... More >>
Now it's David Prosser who may claim victory over JoAnne Kloppenburg.Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg claimed victory the other day in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, and Republicans promptly assumed her 200-vote margin of victory over Justice David Prosser was shady. Which makes this new turn ... More >>
Jimmy John's Workers UnionThe Poster that provoked the firings.The ongoing saga of the drive to unionize Minneapolis Jimmy Johns workers took a dramatic turn yesterday when six of the central organizers behind the campaign were abruptly fired by the franchise's management. The firings came s ... More >>
Scott Walker is falling in the polls.There's more bad poll news for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who insists he's going to stand firm in his budget battle to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Rasmussen Reports is out with a new survey of Wisconsin voters showing that ... More >>
Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>
Ellison joins in the debate over union busting in Wisconsin.Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the congressional progressive caucus, ripped into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this morning, lambasting him as a dictator for his attempt to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights ... More >>
Richard BergJimmy John's employees: So Disgruntled You'll Freak.Apparently Minneapolis employees of Jimmy Johns have bigger complaints than the corporate tattoo ban. Like being paid minimum-wage salaries with no benefits while their bosses are planning a major expansion.Some employees at the fast ... More >>
"Wages so low, you'll freak!"Jimmy Johns service wasn't its usual "freaky fast" today as workers staged a brief walk out at nine Minneapolis franchise locations. The workers are forming their own union to demand better wages and working conditions, including consistent scheduling and minimum ... More >>
Michele Bachmann on the "fair and balanced" networkMichele Bachmann, completely unchallenged as usual in an appearance on Fox News, has accused Congress of laundering money for public employee unions and Democratic re-election campaigns by passing emergency funds requested by the states to av ... More >>
He's pretty sure she's hearing some weird voices in her head and they sure aren't from God anymore.
Plus: Strib union beefs; free gas to Madison
In the latest money stats from the Star Tribune, the state's largest newspaper reported a $1.4 million operating loss in February. February was the paper's first full month under bankruptcy protection.
The Industrial Workers of the World filed labor charges Wednesday against the Mall of America and Metro Transit after an incident Aug. 31.
At least one witness reports FBI agents were present at confrontation.
The Writers Guild of America
Strib drivers complain that union rolled over
Workers will vote on--and likely accept--an offer very similar to the one they had previously dismissed.
Star Tribune Chairman Chris Harte yesterday turned down a Newspaper Guild request for an investigation into the controversies surrounding new Strib Publisher Par Ridder.
Officials at the Minnesota Department of Finance today announced a deal with Northwest Airlines that could let taxpayers off the hook for the cost of building a Duluth maintenance facility that has been sitting idle since the airline's union mechanics went on strike a year and a half ago.
What about the wisdom of paying airline pilots less than Wal-Mart pays greeters?
Hospitals fight union on health care costs
The Gov's "Drive to Excellence": A push to privatize/outsource state services?
Who Will Take On Mayor Kelly? The answer to that question remains decidedly murky with just a month left before the St. Paul DFL mayoral endorsing convention. Last night was the final ward convention and the two top contenders--Chris Coleman and Rafael Ortega--remain virtually deadlocked. In the f ... More >>
Ramsey County cuts hourly wages at its nursing home
One transit worker buckles up for a long, bumpy ride in her daily strike journal
Nick Coleman flees the Pioneer Press. The Star Tribune hires another lippy white guy.
What happens when the employees at the Mounds View Golf Course go on strike
An odd-jobber chronicles an ugly chapter in Minneapolis union-busting
The Salvation Army bails on providing detox services to Hennepin County
Jean Sandberg asked her post-office bosses to put a stop to the penis jokes and the wet T-shirt invitations. They sent her complaint to the dead-letter office.
Death in the mines. Hunger marches. An FBI spy on every block. Minnesota's daughters of the revolution can tell you about it all. But first, have some coffee cake.
The education bill's dead; long live the education bill
Corrections Corporation of America is a darling of Wall Street and the country's largest private prison company. Now it wants to run Minnesota's newest prison.