Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is the deputy editor of the Reformer and reports on labor and housing. Previously, 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.

Support staff at Mayo Clinic’s Mankato hospital vote to get rid of union

By: - June 20, 2023

Nursing support staff, clerical workers and environmental staff voted to decertify their union at Mayo Clinic’s Mankato hospital, the National Right to Work Foundation, a nonprofit anti-union advocacy group, announced on Monday. The vote by a majority of some 200 support workers to get rid of their union marks second victory in less than a […]

Minnesota banned noncompetes. A major property manager has a workaround.

By: - June 7, 2023

When the property management company FirstService Residential Minnesota announced it was dropping noncompete clauses in employment contracts, it said the change aligned with the company’s values. But a provision persists in its management contracts with condominium associations that says FirstService workers (including desk attendants and caretakers) may not be employed — either directly or indirectly […]

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How Minnesota will spend $1 billion on housing

By: - June 5, 2023

Minnesota lawmakers increased the state’s spending on housing about ninefold over the next two years, mostly with one-time funding paid for with part of the $17.5 billion surplus. The $1 billion in new funding (HF2335) will help developers build more affordable apartments, help low- and moderate-income Minnesotans buy their first homes, and provide rental assistance […]

Federal labor regulators say Minneapolis Trader Joe’s illegally removed pro-union literature

By: - June 2, 2023

Federal labor regulators filed a complaint alleging managers at a Trader Joe’s store in Minneapolis violated workers’ rights by removing pro-union literature from the employee break room. The complaint from the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees private sector unions, is the latest of a slew of allegations of unfair labor practices against the grocery […]

Gov. Walz issues first veto, blocks bill setting minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers

By: - May 25, 2023

Gov. Tim Walz issued the first veto of his entire tenure on Thursday, striking down a bill that would have set minimum pay rates for Uber and Lyft drivers and provide them greater protection against being fired. Walz’s office announced the veto hours after Uber said it would pull out of greater Minnesota and only […]

Nurse staffing bill is gutted in final hours of Minnesota’s legislative session

By: - May 22, 2023

A nurse staffing bill that passed the House and the Senate just weeks ago was gutted in the final hours of the 2023 legislative session when some senators withdrew their support because of an exemption for Mayo Clinic. Gov. Tim Walz pressured legislators to carve out Mayo Clinic after the hospital threatened to move billions […]

Mayo Clinic exemption leads Minnesota lawmakers to rethink nurse staffing bill

By: - May 22, 2023

A nurse staffing bill that seemed destined to become law just less than three weeks ago, is now in jeopardy in the final hours of session. The Minnesota Senate on Monday afternoon was trying to hammer out a last-minute compromise on a bill that aims to increase nurse staffing levels. The bill, which has faced […]

Minnesota Legislature approves minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers

By: - May 21, 2023

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill on Sunday that would set minimum pay rates for Uber and Lyft drivers and establish greater protections against wrongful termination – or “deactivation.” “Minnesota has long been a leader in protecting workers from being exploited and taken advantage of, but in the area of (transportation network companies) Minnesota is lagging […]

Minnesota to allow all undocumented residents to enroll in MinnesotaCare

By: - May 20, 2023

Undocumented residents in Minnesota will be eligible to enroll in the state’s publicly subsidized insurance program for low-income people, known as MinnesotaCare, under a budget agreement released on Friday night. The proposal, which is expected to become law, will expand public health insurance access to the more than 40,000 undocumented people estimated to live in […]

Mayo Clinic wins full exemption from nurse staffing bill in agreement with state leaders

By: - May 18, 2023

State lawmakers say they will exempt Mayo Clinic from a bill aimed at increasing nurse staffing levels, ending a two-week standoff that began when the hospital sent an email to the governor’s office threatening to move billions of dollars in future investments out of state if the bill was not gutted. All of Mayo Clinic’s […]

Minnesota lawmakers approve 9 major worker-friendly changes

By: - May 17, 2023

Minnesota Democrats say a sweeping labor bill they passed on Tuesday could be the most significant worker protection bill in state history. “This bill is a big damn deal,” said Sen. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, during a news conference. The labor bill (SF3035) includes a Democratic wish list years in the making that will affect […]

Uber warns customers and drivers that it may leave Minnesota over proposed legislation

By: - May 16, 2023

Uber is making a last-ditch effort to kill legislation on its way to becoming law in Minnesota, which the company says could cause it to shut down operations in the state completely. In emails to drivers and customers on Monday night, Uber said the legislation would threaten passengers’ safety, drivers’ earning potential and the ability […]