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 >>
Mr. T in DCTarget warns employees of the union menaceEmployees at least one New-York-area Target store are trying to join a union, complaining of wages and hours that have forced some into depending on food stamps to feed their families. Target doesn't have any unionized stores, and the abse ... 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 >>
Kathy Nickolaus admits she screwed up, but says she won't resign.Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus appears to have been exposed as either a ham-fisted political hack, or simply incompetent. Or maybe it's both. But just because she flipped a much-watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election i ... 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 >>
Laurence O'Donnell interviews Keith Ellison.President Barack Obama shouldn't just voice his support for public employee unions, he "should come to Wisconsin and stand with the workers," if he knows what's good for him, Rep. Keith Ellison said last night on MSNBC. The president has already a ... 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 >>
Jon Stewart: Equal opportunity sarcasm.Democrats and union members in Wisconsin hoping for some love from the reliably liberal Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" got a rude awakening yesterday. Stewart first took a shot at the Republican cheeseheads who are trying to neuter public employee unio ... More >>
The fast-food revolution starts here?By tomorrow evening, we'll know whether the workers at 10 Minneapolis Jimmy John's sandwich shops have made history as the first American fast-food workers to unionize their workplace.After years of intermittent underground organizing capped by a high-prof ... 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.
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Strib drivers complain that union rolled over
On the eve of a new school year, a historic strike threatens to throw the U of M into chaos
After a union victory in Houston, local janitors are gearing up for new labor negotiations
Hospitals fight union on health care costs
Ortega and Coleman are neck-and-neck during the endorsing season. Will one emerge to seriously challenge Bush's favorite Democrat?
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
Employees say Northwest Airlines works harder to avoid discrimination lawsuits than it does to stop bigotry
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.