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Man Arrested For Assaulting 3 Hospital Employees

A 50-year-old man was arrested after police say he assaulted three emergency room staff members at the St. Cloud Hospital.

04/30/2014

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Punch Pizza Inspires Small Business Owner To Raise Wages

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.

04/26/2014

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Survey: Mpls. Workers Are Quite Early To Arrive

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.

04/23/2014

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Metrodome Employees Reflect On 31 Years

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.

12/28/2013

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Punch Pizza Raises Minimum Wage To $10 Per Hour

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.

12/06/2013

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Minn. Pays Attorney Fees In Child-Care Union Case

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.

10/29/2013

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Furloughed Employees Head Back To Work After Shutdown Ends

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.

10/17/2013

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MN Workers Speak Out On Federal Gov’t Shutdown

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.

10/01/2013

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Federal Employees In Minnesota Await Word On Work Status

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.

09/30/2013

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Findings Mixed In Iron Range Lung Cancer Study

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.

04/12/2013

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Local Janitor/Security Union Gives Go-Ahead To Strike

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.

02/09/2013

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Workers Brave The Extreme Cold In The Twin Cities

It’s by far the coldest day of the season and it’s only a taste of what we can expect this week.

01/21/2013

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Iowa Court: Bosses Can Fire ‘Irresistible’ Workers

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.

12/21/2012

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Locked-Out Crystal Sugar Workers Hold 4th Vote

Their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, American Crystal Sugar Co. workers were voting Saturday on whether to accept a contract they have rejected three times previously.

12/01/2012

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Roof Collapses, Traps 2 Workers Inside Building

Two workers were trapped inside the old Dodge Center Maintenance Building when the roof collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

11/20/2012

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