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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.

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 […]

Minnesota leaders cheer E15 waiver, a boon for corn farmers

By: - April 12, 2022

President Joe Biden will visit Iowa on Tuesday to announce his administration would temporarily lift a Clean Air Act rule to allow higher ethanol blended gasoline to be sold through the summer in an effort to bring down gas prices. E15 gas, which is blended with up to 15% ethanol, is usually banned from June […]

No charges filed against police officer who shot and killed Amir Locke

By: - April 6, 2022

The Minnesota attorney general and Hennepin County attorney will not charge the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed 22-year-old Amir Locke during a botched no-knock raid in February. “Amir Locke’s life mattered … Amir Locke is a victim,” reads a joint statement released on Wednesday. “However, there is insufficient admissible evidence to file criminal […]

415 workers vote to strike at St. Cloud bus manufacturing plant

By: - April 4, 2022

Ninety-seven percent of workers at the New Flyer bus manufacturing plant in St. Cloud voted to authorize a strike on Sunday and say they’ll walk off the job if the company doesn’t meet their demands for higher pay, sick time, paid religious holidays and limits on mandatory overtime. The workers have not said when they […]

Public defenders poised to get $50 million windfall from Legislature

By: - April 1, 2022

A key Republican state senator favors increasing the annual budget for public defenders in the state by 50%, signaling a likely windfall for a chronically underfunded system with high turnover. “Public defenders have had a long season of short shrift when it comes to salaries. They are not compensated equally to prosecutors. And we’re trying […]

Nurses say bad management, not COVID-19 burnout, to blame for exodus of workers

By: - March 31, 2022

The union representing thousands of Minnesota nurses says poor hospital management and chronic under-staffing — more than COVID-19 burnout — are causing nurses to leave the job in droves. “I didn’t leave, I escaped,” said Amy Forkner during a Thursday news conference, pointing to the new report published by the Minnesota Nurses Association called “Why […]

Workers at fourth Minnesota Starbucks announce plans to unionize

By: - March 29, 2022

Workers at a fourth Starbucks store in Minnesota announced their intention to unionize on Tuesday, joining a national wave that has reached more than 150 other locations across the country. The latest unionization announcement at a location in Minneapolis — at 54th Street and Lyndale Avenue — comes just a week after workers at a […]