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Protests Planned For Black Friday

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.

11/27/2014

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A Look At The Evolution Of The Labor Movement

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.

09/01/2014

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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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Target Not Backing Down On Thanksgiving, Despite Petition

Target is not backing down from its decision to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, despite the opposition of some 340,000 people who signed an online petition.

11/19/2012

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Badger Foundry Workers On Strike

About 150 workers at a Winona foundry are on strike and are picketing their employer.

09/21/2012

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Business Owners Say ‘Thank You’ To LRT Workers

The “Central Corridor” is an 11-mile line that will link downtown St. Paul with downtown Minneapolis by 2014. It should be 75 percent complete by the end of this year.

09/10/2012

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Unions Face Declining Membership, Education Void

As Americans celebrate Labor Day, labor unions are facing a steadily declining membership. In 2011, the number of Minnesota workers belonging to a union was 371,000, representing 15.1 percent of the state’s wage and salary workers.

09/03/2012

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Thousands Of Union Workers Rally Against ‘Right To Work’

More than a thousand union workers will rally at the State Capitol Tuesday for what appears to be a victory celebration.

03/27/2012

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As Ford Plant Waned, Many Workers Slow To Prepare

Ford announced it would close its St. Paul assembly plant in 2006, but when the fateful day arrived last month, many of the 800 workers there still didn’t have a plan for their next job.

01/01/2012

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Minn. Company Hires Physician’s Assistant For Workers

Remember the school nurse’s office when you were a kid? Some employers are trying a similar approach to help control health care costs.

12/19/2011

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Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent

With the unemployment rate falling from 9 percent to 8.6 percent, the good news has many people wondering if things are finally looking up.

12/02/2011

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