Several workers unions in the Twin Cities are planning to kick off a series of strikes and protests on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The Labor movement has had to reinvent itself since its beginnings in this country. John Budd is a University of Minnesota professor who researches and teaches about diverse aspects of work, employment, and related institutions.
A 50-year-old man was arrested after police say he assaulted three emergency room staff members at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A Twin Cities pizza chain is getting national attention once again for leading the way with higher employee wages. “Hi, everybody. In my state of the union address, I talked about pizza. More specifically, I talked about a pizza chain in Minneapolis – Punch Pizza – whose owner, John Soranno, made the business decision to give his employees a raise to ten bucks an hour,” President Obama said in his weekly address.
If the saying “the early bird gets the worm” holds true, a lot of Minnesotans are getting quite a few worms. A new report from the data website FiveThirtyEight compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find the average time people arrive to work in various cities.
Sunday marks the end of an era in Minnesota sports history. The Vikings last regular-season game will be the final event at the Metrodome before demolition begins, making way for a new stadium. For the past month, concession workers have been sharing their memories on a growing message board. The tunnels underneath the Metrodome are a place where few fans have ever traveled, but near the loading elevator, history is on display.
The same week thousands of workers protested across the nation to raise the federal minimum wage, one Minnesota company decided to do something about it. John Puckett, co-owner of Punch Neapolitan Pizza, says all eight of their Twin Cities’ locations now have minimum wage set at $10 an hour. “My business partner and I decided to invest in our people because we are growing our company in the Twin Cities,” Puckett said. “We really believe to have the best quality product and service, it’s the right thing to do.” Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25. Puckett hopes the pay will keep good workers and attract valuable employees to their company.
The state of Minnesota has paid a $60,000 settlement in attorneys’ fees to a group of child care workers who blocked a unionization effort for some home-based providers.
Thousands of Minnesota’s federal employees who’ve been furloughed during the government shutdown are back on the job. Offices and programs providing federal services, affected by the shutdown, reopened Thursday morning for the first time in 16 days.
Furloughed federal workers in Minnesota say they’re disgusted by the political impasse that will cost them in the pocketbook. Many nonessential employees have been idled by the partial federal government shutdown that began early Tuesday.
The standoff on Capitol Hill has more than 18,000 federal employees in Minnesota wondering about their work status if there’s a partial shutdown at midnight.
University of Minnesota researchers say taconite workers face an increased risk of a rare form of lung cancer, and it’s higher the longer they’re on the job. But they can’t say for certain if dust from the state’s iron mining and processing operations causes it.
The SEIU Local 26 voted unanimously on Saturday afternoon to give their negotiators the power to strike. Thousands of workers who clean and protect building across the Twin Cities are ready to walk off the job.
It’s by far the coldest day of the season and it’s only a taste of what we can expect this week.
A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.