Work & Money

Workers on Vikings development claim over $100,000 in wage theft

BY: - May 4, 2022

Lea este informe en español. Guillermo Macario-Alcocer was out of money and living in the basement of a church in south Minneapolis when he got a lead on some construction work. A volunteer at the church told him to call a man who in turn told him to go to the new Vikings training facility […]

Workers vote to unionize at second Starbucks in Minnesota

BY: - May 2, 2022

Workers at a second Starbucks location — at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis — voted to unionize on Monday as a wave of unionization efforts continue at Starbucks stores across the country. Of the 31 workers eligible to vote, 11 voted in favor of unionizing with three opposed. The workers filed a petition […]

EPA issues waiver for sales of 15% ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices.  In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will […]

Meatpackers deny price fixing for beef

BY: - April 27, 2022

The record profits for meatpackers in the past two years were the result of market conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, along with increased consumer demand, according to leaders of the country’s four large meatpacking companies. The meatpacking executives defended their business practices during a lengthy congressional committee hearing on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia, […]

Workers at Minneapolis clothing store receive $7,000 in back wages through settlement

BY: - April 21, 2022

The New York-based clothing chain Rainbow paid nearly $7,000 in back wages to workers at its Minneapolis store plus $4,000 in penalties for failing to provide employees the sick leave they are entitled to under city ordinance. In July 2017, the city of Minneapolis began requiring employers with six or more workers to provide paid […]

In other countries, the government fills out your tax form — why not here?

BY: - April 18, 2022

As midnight approaches on Monday, countless Americans will be ready to finally hit the send button on their computers to get their federal and state tax forms on their way to Uncle Sam. They’ll do that after having spent days pulling together receipts and forms,  having shelled out money for computer software to help them […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 6, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]

Pause on federal student loan repayments extended by Biden through Aug. 31

BY: - April 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Wednesday announced its plans to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments until the end of August. “I recognized in recently extending the COVID-19 national emergency, we are still recovering from the pandemic and the unprecedented economic disruption it caused,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.  “If loan […]

415 workers vote to strike at St. Cloud bus manufacturing plant

BY: - April 4, 2022

Ninety-seven percent of workers at the New Flyer bus manufacturing plant in St. Cloud voted to authorize a strike on Sunday and say they’ll walk off the job if the company doesn’t meet their demands for higher pay, sick time, paid religious holidays and limits on mandatory overtime. The workers have not said when they […]

House DFL ditches Walz checks in favor of refundable child tax credit

BY: - April 4, 2022

House DFL and Senate GOP lawmakers appear to have killed a plan from Gov. Tim Walz to give Minnesotans direct payments of up to $1,000. On Monday, the two legislative caucuses published their competing tax plans and neither contains the so-called “Walz checks,” which the Democratic-Farmer-Labor governor had proposed recently. Direct payments to Minnesotans would […]

Minnesota bill aims to close a gap on funding for ‘pre-weatherization’ work

BY: - April 4, 2022

A lack of state funding to help Minnesota homeowners clean up mold, asbestos and other hazards is limiting the reach of federal weatherization programs in the state, preventing some of those most in need from accessing benefits. Nearly half of homeowners who seek help from federal weatherization programs in the state are denied because the […]

Minneapolis teacher strike is part of a wider labor struggle for educators around the country

BY: - April 1, 2022

This story was originally published by The 19th Ma-Riah Roberson-Moody, an education support professional for Minneapolis Public Schools, works two other jobs to make ends meet. The school district doesn’t pay her enough to survive on one salary, she said. Some of her peers are not even able to afford basic necessities. “We have members […]