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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike

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 […]

Klobuchar wins big among Iowa snowbirds who caucused in Palm Springs, Calif.

BY: - February 4, 2020

Given the number of Midwestern state license plates in my old Palm Springs condominium complex, it’s no surprise to hear U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar won the Iowa satellite caucus in Palm Springs, Calif.  A popular destination for snowbirds from Iowa and Minnesota, the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs lies, sees a massive influx of temporary […]

Three things to know ahead of Trump’s State of the Union

BY: - February 4, 2020

President Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address tonight. Here are a few things to know about the economy, education and government action in the United States last year in advance of the speech. Growth in gross domestic product was roughly in line with previous years’ change. 2. More than three […]

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Bemidji activists to hold funeral for the Constitution ahead of State of the Union

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hours before President Donald Trump delivers his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday, a child will place a copy of the Constitution in a handmade coffin in Bemidji. Attendees, dressed in black, will read the Bill of Rights and portions of the Constitution before placing their hand-written fears into the coffin. “It’s nothing fancy,” […]

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SEIU health care workers headed for strike vote with HealthPartners

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are headed toward a strike vote this week after failing to reach an agreement about their health coverage with their employer HealthPartners.  HealthPartners and the negotiating team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota worked late into the night on Friday, with their previous contract expiring […]

Minnesota school choice advocates look to landmark SCOTUS case

BY: - January 31, 2020

A United States Supreme Court case could boost Minnesota’s school choice movement after years of failed legislative attempts to create state grants, tax credits and tuition programs for families whose children attend private schools. Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is a landmark case with the potential to upend school funding across the United States […]

Minnesota gets top rating in LGBTQ equality report

BY: - January 30, 2020

Minnesota received the highest ranking in an annual assessment of state policies affecting LGBTQ people, released today by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization. The state is one of 17 categorized as “working toward innovative equality” by the State Equality Index, which takes into account each state’s nondiscrimination, criminal justice, health and safety […]