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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.

Metro Transit workers authorize strike after rejecting “final offer” on one-year contract

By: - September 24, 2020

Metro Transit bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics and cleaners voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on Wednesday after workers rejected the year-long contract proposed by the Metropolitan Council, which operates the transit service. The vote came after the Metropolitan Council presented workers with a “final offer” in August, forcing the Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

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Republican lawmaker sues Minnesota’s top elections official to block mail-in ballot changes

By: and - September 23, 2020

A Minnesota Republican lawmaker is suing the state’s top elections official, seeking to block an extension to allow mail-in ballots to be counted up to a week after Election Day, Nov. 3. The extension has been granted and approved by the courts to accommodate the large volume of mail-in ballots because of the ongoing COVID-19 […]

American Public Media CEO Jon McTaggart to step down amid mounting pressure for racial equity

By: - September 22, 2020

The CEO of American Public Media, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio, will step down amid mounting pressure from inside and outside the company to improve its internal policies and coverage of racial and gender equity issues. American Public Media Board Chair Mary Brainerd, the former CEO and President of HealthPartners, announced the decision […]

MPR and American Public Media employees demand leaders address racial and gender inequities

By: - September 22, 2020

Employees at Minnesota Public Radio and its parent company American Public Media authored a letter to readers on Tuesday saying they’ve “lost trust in the company’s senior leaders” and have issued a list of demands to improve racial and gender equity. The demands, listed on a new website called “Transform MPR,” come a week after […]

Biden in northeast Minnesota: “All Trump sees from Park Avenue is Wall Street”

By: - September 18, 2020

HERMANTOWN, St. Louis County — Former Vice President Joe Biden sought to rally the support of a crucial voter bloc here Friday that could be decisive in the all-important Upper Midwest: Trades unions.   Touring a carpenters union training center near Duluth, Biden drove home his support of unions and middle-class jobs in an area of the […]

62 people leave homeless camp for hotel as more arrive

By: - September 17, 2020

Only hours after outreach workers had reclaimed the site of a former homeless encampment in Minneapolis earlier this month, some 70 tents had already filled the narrow strip of grass along Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues. The “Wall of Forgotten Natives” had been fenced off by the Minnesota Department of Transportation since December 2018, when the […]

Minnesota begins COVID-19 survey to find hot spots and gauge spread

By: - September 15, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health began a two-week survey of randomly selected households across the state on Monday to gauge the spread of COVID-19 and identify potential hot spots. Teams of health officers will visit pre-selected households and ask residents to participate by filling out a questionnaire and taking free COVID-19 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 […]

MPR News reporter quits, accuses editors of suppressing sexual misconduct investigation into DJ

By: - September 14, 2020

A longtime Minnesota Public Radio News reporter announced her resignation on Monday, accusing editors of suppressing her investigation into a DJ at MPR’s contemporary music station The Current. Writing about her decision on Twitter, Marianne Combs said she spoke with eight women who say the DJ sexually manipulated or psychologically abused them. Combs did not […]

Judge removes county prosecutors in George Floyd case

By: - September 11, 2020

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and members of his staff were disqualified from working on the criminal case against the four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd for what a judge called “sloppy” work, according to WCCO. During a pre-trial hearing on Friday, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled […]

Landlords sue Minneapolis over tenant screening restrictions

By: - September 10, 2020

The owners of more than 40 rental properties are suing the city of Minneapolis over a newly enacted ordinance that limits what landlords may consider when screening prospective renters. Under the rules, which took effect on June 1, landlords may not screen out prospective tenants for misdemeanors older than three years, certain felonies older than […]

Allina health care workers postpone strike following threat of unusual legal challenge

By: - September 9, 2020

Around 200 health care workers at two Allina hospitals will postpone a two-day strike after the nonprofit medical provider threatened legal action for violating what the union calls an “arcane” labor rule. Allina Health told workers they would be breaking federal labor laws by picketing on September 14 and 15 because they did not provide […]

Star Tribune: Department of Human Services accused of “toxic environment” for employees of color

By: - September 8, 2020

The Star Tribune reports Tuesday that Minnesota Department of Human Services, which is state government’s largest government agency, can be a “toxic environment” for workers who are Black, Native American and from other communities of color. The report cites on-the-record comments and public records, noting that 35% of the agency’s clients are people of color […]