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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.

Minneapolis teachers union reaches tentative agreement with district after 14-day strike

By: - March 25, 2022

Minneapolis Public Schools and the union representing teachers and support staff reached a tentative agreement around 4 a.m. on Friday, clearing the way for students to return to class as soon as Monday. Union leaders championed the agreement on Friday, saying it includes “significant” raises for education support professionals as well as additional mental health […]

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SEIU health care unions in Minnesota and Iowa merge

By: - March 23, 2022

Leaders of the Service Employees International Union locals that represent over 50,000 health care workers in Minnesota and Iowa announced their branches’ merger on Wednesday, saying together they will be better able to raise worker standards. “Health care workers in Minnesota and Iowa face many of the same battles,” said Jamie Gulley, who served as […]

Workers at third Minnesota Starbucks move to unionize

By: - March 23, 2022

Workers at a third Starbucks store in Minnesota announced their intention to unionize on Tuesday, joining a national wave of union drives that has reached more than 150 Starbucks locations across the country. “We believe that unionizing veritably equalizes us at the table when we come together to create practical, sustainable, and fair solutions to […]

91 cities come out against bill that would allow more housing density across Minnesota

By: - March 22, 2022

Ninety-one city councils across Minnesota have formally voiced their opposition to a bipartisan bill that supporters say will bring down the cost of housing construction by overriding local zoning restrictions. The League of Minnesota Cities, a trade group for cities, created a template resolution for cities to pass declaring they “oppose legislation that restricts the […]

Public defenders, state reach a deal to avert strike

By: - March 19, 2022

The public defenders’ negotiating committee and the state’s Board of Public Defense reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract early Saturday, averting a strike that threatened to jam up the already backlogged court system.  Representatives for public defender support staff — including paralegals and investigators — also reached a tentative agreement in the wee hours […]

Public defenders ‘cannot ethically abandon a case’ to go on strike, says state ethics office

By: - March 18, 2022

The state office that oversees attorney ethics and discipline told Minnesota’s public defenders on Wednesday they “cannot ethically abandon a case just because they are on strike.” The advisory from Minnesota’s Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility raises the specter that public defenders could face disciplinary repercussions for walking off the job, which hundreds could do […]

St. Paul City Council hurtles toward implementing rent control policy by May 1

By: - March 16, 2022

The St. Paul City Council took its first steps Wednesday toward implementing the rent control ordinance that voters passed in November and that takes effect in just over six weeks. The council voted to spend $635,000 this year to fund five new staff positions to begin administering the ordinance, which caps annual rent increases at […]

Minneapolis mayor says he will enact prohibition on no-knock search warrants

By: - March 14, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Monday he plans to ban all no-knock warrants, a prohibition that would extend to Minneapolis police applying for no-knock warrants in other jurisdictions and executing them on behalf of other agencies in the city. The announcement comes nearly six weeks after a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed 22-year-old […]

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Hennepin County prosecutors announce support for public defenders as strike looms

By: - March 14, 2022

The union representing Hennepin County prosecutors lent their support on Monday to the state’s public defenders, who recently voted to authorize a strike for the first time in state history. The public defenders and the State Board of Public Defense, with whom they are negotiating, are currently in a 10-day cooling off period. Public defenders […]

Public defenders vote to strike; justice system could come to a halt

By: - March 10, 2022

Minnesota’s public defenders and their support staff voted overwhelmingly to reject the state’s “final” offer on a two-year contract on Thursday and authorize a strike, paving the way for hundreds of attorneys and staff to walk off the job for the first time in state history.  “I have never seen people so overwhelmingly furious at […]

Audit: Minneapolis leaders didn’t follow emergency plans during George Floyd protests

By: - March 8, 2022

The Minneapolis City Council received a long-anticipated “after action review” from independent auditors on Tuesday that presents a damning picture of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and then-Police Chief Medaria Arradondo’s numerous failures to maintain safety and order in the days following the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The report’s authors say […]

George Floyd protest after action audit finds Minneapolis mayor ignored emergency plans

By: - March 8, 2022

Find coverage of the full report here. An independent audit of Minneapolis’ handling of protests and riots following the police murder of George Floyd found city leaders and police ignored emergency plans in place, instead making decisions on the fly, according to Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobah, who saw a draft report. One line in […]