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Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Most recently he was an associate producer for Minnesota Public Radio after a stint at NPR. He also co-founded the Behavioral Scientist and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.

Former MN GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan received unemployment benefits after being ousted

By: - May 20, 2022

Former MN GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who was ousted from her leadership role last August amid allegations of leading a toxic organization rife with sexual harassment and bullying, has received more than $8,000 in unemployment insurance, according to a campaign finance disclosure she filed. Carnahan also reported receiving $125,006 from the Minnesota Republican Party last […]

Tenants withhold rent from hedge-fund owned HavenBrook Homes to force repairs

By: - May 19, 2022

Families renting from one of the state’s largest private landlords, HavenBrook Homes, have started putting their rent in escrow in an attempt to force the company to address numerous health and safety issues in their homes in north Minneapolis. Tenants of HavenBrook, which is owned by New York-based hedge fund Pretium Partners, say the company […]

Senate Republicans push for limiting wage theft penalties

By: - May 19, 2022

Tucked into the Senate’s massive end-of-session jobs bill (SF 4019) is a provision that would limit penalties against employers for wage theft. The proposal is unlikely to pass a Democratic-controlled House, which is resistant to altering the state’s wage theft law. When it passed in 2019, the law it was heralded as one of the […]

Minnesota launches pandemic assistance fund for homeowners

By: - May 17, 2022

Minnesota homeowners hurt financially by the pandemic can now apply for up to $35,000 in assistance for mortgage payments and other housing-related expenses through a new state program called HomeHelpMN. The program is funded with $109 million from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho announced […]

More than 400 mental health workers announce one-day strike at Allina and M Heath Fairview

By: - May 16, 2022

Just months after voting to unionize, more than 400 mental health workers at three Twin Cities hospitals say they’re prepared to strike for 24 hours on May 24 if they don’t reach a deal on their first labor agreements. At a news conference announcing the strike on Monday, workers from Allina and M Health Fairview […]

Labor advocates call on Twin Cities developers to agree to independent monitoring

By: - May 12, 2022

Workers and labor advocates are calling on the largest residential developers in the Twin Cities to take greater responsibility for preventing wage theft and other labor violations on their construction projects by signing onto a new independent monitoring program. Under the program, called “Building Dignity and Respect,” developers would sign legally-binding contracts to uphold basic […]

Trabajadores en proyecto de los Vikings reclaman más de $100,000 en robos de salario

By: - May 9, 2022

Este informe fue traducido del inglés por Ignacio Veliz Tiravanti. Read this article in English. Guillermo Macario-Alcocer se encontraba sin dinero y viviendo en el sótano de una iglesia en el sur de Minneapolis cuando se topó con una oportunidad laboral de construcción. Un voluntario de la iglesia le dijo que llamara a un hombre […]

Labor leaders say Wilfs are ‘morally accountable’ for wage theft claims on Vikings development

By: - May 5, 2022

Labor leaders are calling on the Vikings owners to correct the wage theft claimed by dozens of workers who helped build new apartments at the 200-acre Eagan mixed development built around the NFL team’s new training facility. “As immigrant workers from Mexico, we came here to work and we have our own dreams, but we […]

Workers on Vikings development claim over $100,000 in wage theft

By: - May 4, 2022

Lea este informe en español. Guillermo Macario-Alcocer was out of money and living in the basement of a church in south Minneapolis when he got a lead on some construction work. A volunteer at the church told him to call a man who in turn told him to go to the new Vikings training facility […]

Workers vote to unionize at second Starbucks in Minnesota

By: - May 2, 2022

Workers at a second Starbucks location — at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis — voted to unionize on Monday as a wave of unionization efforts continue at Starbucks stores across the country. Of the 31 workers eligible to vote, 11 voted in favor of unionizing with three opposed. The workers filed a petition […]

Workers at Minneapolis clothing store receive $7,000 in back wages through settlement

By: - April 21, 2022

The New York-based clothing chain Rainbow paid nearly $7,000 in back wages to workers at its Minneapolis store plus $4,000 in penalties for failing to provide employees the sick leave they are entitled to under city ordinance. In July 2017, the city of Minneapolis began requiring employers with six or more workers to provide paid […]

Minnesota lawmakers look to eliminate biannual clock changes

By: - April 19, 2022

Minnesota already has a law on the books that would make daylight saving time permanent in the state should the U.S. government allow it. That passed last year and was suddenly relevant when the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill mandating year-round daylight saving time, meaning the sun would set later on the clock year […]