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.

Before sowing doubt in U.S. elections, Kim Crockett went after a union election

By: - October 17, 2022

Before Kim Crockett called the 2020 presidential election “rigged” in her bid for secretary of state, she spent two years trying to overturn another election’s results she didn’t like: The vote by thousands of personal care attendants to join the Service Employees International Union. Crockett called the 2014 union election a “terrible fraud” that should […]

Workers launch 2-day strike at 7 of the biggest condo buildings in the Twin Cities

By: - October 13, 2022

Desk attendants and caretakers at seven of the largest condo buildings in the Twin Cities launched a two-day unfair labor practices strike on Thursday night as they seek to unionize with the Service Employees International Union Local 26. Workers had set an Oct. 11 deadline for their employer FirstService Residential — one of the largest […]

Labor activists, lawmakers call for greater accountability in construction following rape report

By: - October 11, 2022

Union leaders, labor activists and Democratic lawmakers joined Norma Izaguirre, a worker who says she was raped on a construction site, in front of the state Capitol on Tuesday to call for greater accountability for developers who exploit workers and allow abuse to go unchecked. “The bravery of one survivor of sexual violence … has […]

University of Minnesota service workers vote to strike over ‘poverty wages’

By: - October 10, 2022

Some 1,500 custodians, cooks, groundskeepers and other services workers across the University of Minnesota’s five campuses are threatening to strike for the first time in history unless the university agrees to substantial pay increases. “We intend to end poverty wages at the University of Minnesota,” said Mick Kelly, 65, a cook who’s worked at the […]

Nurses vote to stay in union at Mayo Health Clinic in Lake City

By: - October 7, 2022

Nurses at the Mayo Health Clinic in Lake City voted to remain unionized on Thursday, rejecting a campaign supported by a national anti-union group to dissolve unions at health care facilities across the country.  The election follows a major defeat for the nurses’ union earlier this year at the Mayo Clinic’s Mankato Hospital, where nurses […]

Ella reportó abuso sexual en el trabajo. El jefe le dijo que fue consensuado.

By: - October 7, 2022

Este informe fue traducido del inglés por Ignacio Veliz Tiravanti. Read this article in English. Norma Izaguirre todavía tiene problemas para dormir. Durante meses, sintió que la estaban siguiendo, segura de que el hombre que, según ella, la violó y agredió sexualmente repetidamente en el trabajo cumpliría con sus amenazas de lastimarla a ella y […]

American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest funders of election deniers

By: - October 5, 2022

Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar is one of the largest political funders of election deniers in Congress, according to a new report from the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. American Crystal Sugar, through its political action committee, has donated $530,000 to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election […]

Mental health workers reach tentative deal at Fairview as strike continues at Allina

By: - October 4, 2022

The union representing about 350 mental health workers at M Health Fairview announced a tentative agreement on a first labor agreement on Monday, a year after workers voted to unionize with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. While workers at M Health Fairview hammered out a deal, more than 130 mental health workers at Allina hospitals launched a […]

She reported sexual abuse on the job. The boss told her it was consensual.

By: - October 4, 2022

Lea este informe en español. Norma Izaguirre still has trouble sleeping. For months, she felt like she was being trailed, certain that the man who she says raped and repeatedly sexually assaulted her at work would follow through on his threats to hurt her and her family after she reported the abuse. Her anxiety has […]

Mental health workers launch 3-day strike at Allina hospitals in Twin Cities

By: - October 3, 2022

More than 130 mental health workers at two Minneapolis area hospitals began a three-day strike on Monday to pressure Allina Health for higher wages, better benefits and more safety protections from violent and abusive patients. The strike at Abbott Northwestern and Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus comes amid growing unrest among health care workers, who say they’re […]

Twin Cities condo workers authorize strike as they seek union recognition

By: - September 27, 2022

Desk attendants and caretakers at condo buildings across the Twin Cities could go on strike next month in an effort to force their employer, FirstService Residential, to negotiate with them. Workers on Tuesday announced they voted to authorize a multi-day unfair labor practices strike in October because FirstService has ignored their requests to discuss a […]

St. Paul City Council passes sweeping overhaul of rent control ordinance

By: - September 21, 2022

Less than five months after St. Paul’s citizen-authored rent control ordinance took effect, the City Council voted 5-2 to roll back the provisions that made it one of the most stringent policies in the country.  As part of a package of amendments passed by the council on Wednesday, low-income housing will be exempted; new construction […]