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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.

15,000 Minnesota nurses to strike beginning Dec. 11

By: - December 1, 2022

The union representing 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Duluth area on Thursday announced a strike beginning Dec. 11, the second strike in recent months. Nurses at 12 hospitals in the Twin Cities and at two Essentia Health hospitals will strike until Dec. 31, while nurses at St. Luke’s hospitals in Duluth and Two […]

Nurses at Moose Lake clinic reach tentative deal while 15,000 others vote on second strike

By: - November 30, 2022

The union representing about 50 nurses at Essentia Health’s Moose Lake Clinic reached a tentative agreement with the health system on Monday after two years of negotiations. The nurses at Moose Lake called off their strike authorization vote, but 15,000 other union nurses at hospitals across the Twin Cities and Duluth area began voting on […]

Gov. Tim Walz solicits six-figure donations for inauguration committee

By: - November 30, 2022

As Democrats prepare to take control of the Legislature, DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s inauguration committee is soliciting donations as large as $100,000 for reelection celebrations in January. Perks for donors include advertising at the event, tickets to a “pre-inaugural reception,” and commemorative photos with the governor, according to a flier first reported by PR man […]

Judge denies Reformer motion to unseal Mike Lindell search warrant

By: - November 23, 2022

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion brought by the Minnesota Reformer and journalist Tony Webster seeking to unseal court documents related to a search warrant served on Minnesota pillow mogul and prominent election denier Mike Lindell. The Reformer and Webster filed the motion together in September, shortly after Lindell’s phone was seized by […]

15,000 Minnesota nurses will vote on second strike

By: - November 17, 2022

Union leaders representing 15,000 nurses at hospitals across the Twin Cities and Duluth area said Thursday they will take a second strike authorization vote — after a three-day strike in September yielded little progress. “Our hospital leadership have failed,” said Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner during a news conference. “They have failed to solve […]

What labor unions want from a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party trifecta

By: - November 17, 2022

In his victory speech on election night, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged his union backers and the legacy that’s in the name of his party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor. “This is a union state,” he said. Labor unions spent millions to secure Walz’s re-election and help his party take control of the House and Senate for the first time […]

U of M pays gig workers more than full-time staff to fill dining hall jobs

By: - November 4, 2022

The University of Minnesota’s dining halls have never been so short-staffed, at least as far back as Mick Kelly can remember. He’s been a cook at the university for 20 years. More than 120 positions out of around 300 are vacant in dining services at the university’s Twin Cities campus alone. The lack of workers […]

Union nurses take fight to hospital board members as negotiations stall

By: - November 2, 2022

More than 200 union nurses clad in red rallied in front of the U.S. Bank corporate offices in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, decrying the “failed leadership” of three bank executives who sit on the boards of Minnesota hospitals. “They are responsible for what is going on at our hospitals. They are responsible for the failure […]

White Earth Nation buys troubled Bemidji properties to turn into sober housing

By: - October 27, 2022

The White Earth Nation finalized the purchase of four troubled apartment buildings in Bemidji on Monday with plans to rehab the properties and turn them into a sober-living environment. The conditions at Ridgeway Court I & II have deteriorated rapidly over the past year after the previous owner, North Dakota-based NETA Property Management, effectively abandoned […]

AG files lawsuit against subcontractor for obstructing wage theft investigation

By: - October 25, 2022

Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Tuesday his office filed suit against the owner of a construction subcontractor for obstructing a large wage theft investigation by state regulators. Ellison said Leo Pimentel, the owner of Property Maintenance & Construction, threatened workers and refused to turn over employment records. The state Department of Labor and Industry […]

U of M reaches tentative agreement with services workers, averts strike

By: - October 24, 2022

The union representing some 1,500 cooks, custodians, mechanics and other service workers at the University of Minnesota called off strikes after reaching a tentative agreement on Saturday. The Teamsters Local 320 says the tentative agreement, which must be approved by workers and the university’s Board of Regents, raises workers’ wages by at least 12% over […]

Uber and Lyft drivers press lawmakers to address long-standing labor complaints

By: - October 20, 2022

Whipsawed by shrinking fares and rising costs, Uber and Lyft drivers are pressing lawmakers to force the companies to address their long-standing complaints of meager wages, unsafe working conditions and a lack of transparency. Drivers say the companies continue to gobble up more of each fare — more than 60% by their estimates — even as […]