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.

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Janitors threaten open-ended strike as Minnesota prepares for coronavirus outbreak

By: - March 5, 2020

Minneapolis city leaders are calling for a deal to be reach with 4,000 commercial janitors who clean buildings across the 7-county metro area, including the airport and most buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The commercial janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26, say they will go on an open-ended strike beginning […]

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St. Paul proposes 5 new ordinances to protect renters

By: - March 5, 2020

St. Paul aims to pass renter protections this year, including capping security deposits to one month’s rent, shielding renters with bad credit or old evictions and temporarily freezing rent increases after a property is sold. Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher and Councilmember Mitra Jalali announced the agenda — called Stable, Accessible, Fair and Equitable (S.A.F.E.) Housing […]

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Why Minneapolis’ housing authority is selling 717 homes to itself

By: - February 27, 2020

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will sell 717 of its housing units to a non-profit organization it created and runs called Community Housing Resources — one of the largest transactions of its kind in the country. MPHA’s Board of Commissioners approved the sale — at $1 per property — at its meeting Wednesday. And then […]

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4,000 janitors to strike, affecting nearly all Twin Cities office buildings

By: - February 20, 2020

Commercial janitors working in nearly every office building in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul plan to strike for one day next week as they push for higher wages, more sick days and a program to reduce their environmental impact. Representatives of Service Employees International Union Local 26, which represents 4,000 commercial janitors, say negotiations have […]

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U.S. Dept. of Labor sues Brasa Rotisserie for wage theft 

By: - February 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the owner of Brasa Rotisserie, Alex Roberts, alleging that he failed to pay his restaurant employees overtime at his two Brasa locations in the Twin Cities as well as Alma in Minneapolis. The complaint filed Tuesday in federal court alleges that employees often worked more than […]

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HealthPartners strike called off; tentative deal reached

By: - February 18, 2020

At 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the union representing nurses, physician assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, avoiding a weeklong strike that would have affected 30 clinics across the Twin Cities. Workers voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to strike to protect their generous health care […]

HealthPartners workers prepare for Wednesday strike at 30 clinics

By: - February 17, 2020

More than 1,800 HealthPartners nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are preparing to begin a week-long strike Wednesday after a last-ditch effort failed to resolve disagreements over their next union contract. Workers from SEIU Healthcare Minnesota said at a Monday news conference that they are still very far apart. “If we […]


Hundreds march for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minneapolis

By: - February 15, 2020

People shouted out the names of their missing or murdered Indigenous relatives: “Mariah” “Selena Not Afraid” “Aubrey” “Jeremy.” With hundreds packed into the Minneapolis American Indian Center for the annual march for missing and murdered Indigenous women, the cacophony of the names illustrated the extent of the epidemic of sexual and physical violence against Native […]

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Drivers hit demonstrators calling for greater pedestrian safety

By: - February 13, 2020

Several dozen activists took to one of the most hazardous intersections in Minneapolis Wednesday night calling for greater pedestrian safety along the busy corridor. In response, two drivers hit protestors–lightly–as they walked back and forth across Lyndale Avenue in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood. “We were legally crossing the street at a crosswalk,” said Risa […]

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Target faces class action lawsuit for cheating employees out of pay

By: - February 12, 2020

A class action lawsuit was filed against Target in federal court Tuesday for underpaying their employees. The suit, brought by Andrew Davis of New Haven, Conn., alleges that the Minneapolis-based retailer regularly makes some of its managers work unpaid overtime doing non-management work, in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act. According to legal filings, […]

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Native-led effort brings nighttime help to homeless

By: - February 11, 2020

Close to midnight one Saturday, a couple dozen nurses, police officers, EMTs and social workers circled up in an empty break room on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis to plan their night helping the homeless. It was only the second night this group, with 17 different organizations represented, was meeting to coordinate their outreach efforts […]

Legislators try to make it Daylight Saving Time year-round, again

By: - February 10, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t get dark at 4 p.m. in the winter? That could be a reality, if the Minnesota Legislature votes to extend Daylight Saving Time for the entire year (and the federal government approves.) So, no more springing forward or falling back. It’d be summer time, year-round! The bill gets […]