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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, […]

First day of session starts with motion to adjourn for year by Drazkowski

BY: - February 12, 2020

Expectations are quite tempered around the Capitol for what might be accomplished during this short legislative session in an off-budget, election year.  But state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, seems to think that’s reason enough to just call it a day on the Legislature’s work this year. On Tuesday, he trolled his fellow members by making […]

St. Paul teachers to vote on strike next week

BY: - February 11, 2020

St. Paul teachers will vote Feb. 20 on whether to strike against St. Paul Public Schools, according to the union representing St. Paul educators, assistants and community service workers. The St. Paul Federation of Educators executive board agreed Monday night to authorize a strike vote next week, the union wrote in a statement. “We did […]

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 […]

Minnesota students speak nearly 300 different languages at home

BY: - February 10, 2020

More than 143,000 Minnesota students speak a language other than English at home, according to 2018-19 data from the Minnesota Department of Education. Families here communicate in nearly 300 different languages, from American Sign Language to Indigenous languages like Ojibwa and Dakota to those originating in other continents, such as Arabic, Yoruba and Portuguese. At […]

Map: Minnesota counties with limited access to opioid addiction treatment

BY: - February 7, 2020

Opioid addiction treatment remains out of reach for many Minnesotans. In 43 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, there are no doctors who can prescribe a drug proven to be safe and effective in treating opioid addiction, according to 2018 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To prescribe buprenorphine, doctors are required under […]

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1,800 HealthPartners workers vote in favor of week-long strike

BY: - February 7, 2020

The strike is on. More than 1,800 nurses, physicians assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners won’t show up for work at some 30 clinics across the Twin Cities Feb. 19 unless a deal is reached before then. Workers, represented by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, announced they filed a 10-day strike notice Friday morning in […]

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 […]

Walz and legislative leaders preview session, discuss sexual harassment

BY: - February 6, 2020

It’s a funny thing that happens when the legislative leadership reaches gender parity — an extended conversation about passing stronger protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. The ascension of state Sen. Susan Kent’s election to Senate DFL minority leader brought female representation among caucus leaders to 50%.  Women outnumbered men at the annual Forum […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate on Dec. 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Klobuchar’s Iowa showing tops past Minnesotan presidential hopefuls

BY: - February 5, 2020

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar may have finished fifth in Iowa’s caucuses, but she still has bragging rights among Minnesotan presidential candidates. The senator is the fifth Minnesotan presidential candidate to compete in the Iowa caucuses since 1972. With the exception of Walter Mondale, all have placed last or second-to-last in the caucuses, according to […]

St. Paul Park oil refinery reaches settlement with state over discrimination case

BY: - February 5, 2020

A St. Paul Park oil refinery is in the doghouse after the company settled with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for violating anti-discrimination laws.  The state agency announced that Marathon Petroleum Corporation would pay a former employee $75,000 after an investigation found it unlawfully denied her request to bring her service dog, River, to […]