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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.

8,000 Twin Cities janitors and security guards schedule strike vote

By: - February 7, 2020

Some 8,000 janitors, security guards, window washers and other workers at office buildings in downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis and at the MSP airport will vote Saturday on authorizing a strike.  If approved, Service Employees International Union Local 26 could call a strike at any time as they negotiate seven contracts with 17 employers.  The sticking […]

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Mpls council member hits speed bump on path to housing authority

By: - February 6, 2020

It may not be a quick transition from Minneapolis City Council to the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority for Abdi Warsame. Warsame, the 6th Ward council member who was picked to be the executive director of the city’s housing agency, needs a waiver from the federal government — or must wait an entire year before taking […]

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271,000 Minnesota households pay more than 30% of their income in rent

By: - February 5, 2020

Just one in four households that are eligible for rental assistance actually get it. When the state’s three largest housing agencies opened up their waiting lists for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers last summer, they received more than 45,000 applications for just 7,500 spots. That was for a spot on the waiting list, not for […]

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Bemidji activists to hold funeral for the Constitution ahead of State of the Union

By: - February 3, 2020

Hours before President Donald Trump delivers his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday, a child will place a copy of the Constitution in a handmade coffin in Bemidji. Attendees, dressed in black, will read the Bill of Rights and portions of the Constitution before placing their hand-written fears into the coffin. “It’s nothing fancy,” […]

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SEIU health care workers headed for strike vote with HealthPartners

By: - February 3, 2020

Hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are headed toward a strike vote this week after failing to reach an agreement about their health coverage with their employer HealthPartners.  HealthPartners and the negotiating team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota worked late into the night on Friday, with their previous contract expiring […]

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Mayor Frey aims to rein in off-duty police work, creates task force

By: - January 31, 2020

When former police officer Mohamed Noor clocked in for his 10-hour police shift on the July night he shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk in south Minneapolis, he had just come from a seven-hour shift moonlighting as a security guard. More than two years later, Mayor Jacob Frey plans to create a task force to examine […]

Minneapolis council member to lead housing authority

By: - January 29, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame got the job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. The Sahan Journal reports Warsame was tapped to be the next CEO/Executive Director of MPHA, which serves some 26,000 people through managing the city’s public housing and administering the Housing Choice “Section 8” Voucher Program. It was announced Wednesday at […]

3,000 HealthPartners workers prepared to strike over their own health care

By: - January 29, 2020

More than 1,800 nurses and other medical care workers at HealthPartners could vote to strike next week if they don’t reach a new contract agreement by Friday at midnight. The workers say they are standing firm against a company effort to cut employee health benefits. HealthPartners, which has 26,000 employees and more than $7 billion […]

Lewis stumps for blocking refugee resettlement in Bemidji

By: - January 24, 2020

BEMIDJI — On the campaign trail for a U.S. Senate seat, Jason Lewis made a stop in Bemidji Thursday night to host a discussion many here say they wish they weren’t having at all: refugee resettlement. The topic has been a flash point since the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to not accept […]

Minnesotan wins national fellowship to teach Indigenous birthing practices

By: - January 22, 2020

Dorene Day, an Ojibwe midwife, was one of 10 Indigenous people from across the country selected for a $50,000 fellowship, which she’ll use to continue her work teaching Indigenous birthing practices.

Minneapolis council member tries for top job at Housing Authority

By: - January 21, 2020

City Council Member Abdi Warsame, Ward 6, is interviewing for the top job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, according to a staff member in Warsame’s office.  If offered the position, Warsame would not be able to keep his seat on the council. His current term doesn’t end until 2022, so he would need to […]

Minneapolis Council Members want to ban fur coat sales

By: - January 17, 2020

Minneapolis City Council Members Alondra Cano and Cam Gordon announced today they plan to introduce an ordinance that would ban the sale and manufacture of new animal fur products. The proposed fur ban would threaten the business of one of the largest fur retailers in the United States, Ribnick Fur & Leather, which was founded […]