Work & Money

Hennepin County to purchase two properties for homeless people

BY: - September 30, 2020

Hennepin County will spend $3.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid to buy two properties for people experiencing homelessness: a 35-room motel in southwest Minneapolis and a 23-room former treatment facility just south of downtown. The Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to make the purchases with some of the $220 million the county received through […]

Workers at Classical MPR and The Current announce intent to unionize

BY: - September 24, 2020

Employees of Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music station and The Current, its contemporary music station, announced their intent to form a union on Thursday, citing a need for more equitable pay, greater staff diversity and more consistent and transparent discipline.  The announcement comes during a week that has already roiled one of the largest nonprofits […]

Metro Transit workers authorize strike after rejecting “final offer” on one-year contract

BY: - September 24, 2020

Metro Transit bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics and cleaners voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on Wednesday after workers rejected the year-long contract proposed by the Metropolitan Council, which operates the transit service. The vote came after the Metropolitan Council presented workers with a “final offer” in August, forcing the Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

More than 231,000 Minnesotans were jobless in August

BY: - September 17, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate was 7.4% in August, a decline of 0.2% from July as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stress businesses and workers. That means 231,599 Minnesotans were jobless in August, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. People of color are still most affected by the economic […]

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Why the eviction moratorium is so important for the Minnesota economy

BY: - September 17, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz has continued to extend a ban on evictions resulting from non-payment. The most recent executive order, which became effective August 4th, prohibits evictions except in cases in which tenants have caused significant damage to the property or are performing illegal activities, or if the  owner needs the property for personal or family […]

Unrest ruined their businesses, rebuilding may displace them for good

BY: - September 11, 2020

First came the pandemic that forced many of the small restaurants in St. Paul’s Midway Shopping Center to temporarily close. Then, as many were preparing to open again come June, the unrest following the police killing of George Floyd made its way to the Midway neighborhood, causing damage to the strip mall that many of […]

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-2nd District, and President Donald Trump

Cure cancer while achieving financial success! Jason Lewis used radio show to sell nutritional supplements via a multilevel marketing company.

BY: - September 10, 2020

Back when he still had a radio show, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis sold Youngevity nutritional supplements that the multi-level marketing company claims fight conditions such as cancer, autism and diabetes.   Lewis’s supplement sales career is drawing new scrutiny as he enters the homestretch in his race for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Tina […]

Allina health care workers postpone strike following threat of unusual legal challenge

BY: - September 9, 2020

Around 200 health care workers at two Allina hospitals will postpone a two-day strike after the nonprofit medical provider threatened legal action for violating what the union calls an “arcane” labor rule. Allina Health told workers they would be breaking federal labor laws by picketing on September 14 and 15 because they did not provide […]


Memo to Washington: We need another COVID-19 relief bill — now

BY: - September 7, 2020

What are they waiting for? Back in the spring, federal policymakers acted quickly to address the emerging pandemic and economic disruption. Among various measures taken, they expanded unemployment insurance to respond to the record number of people out of work. They boosted federal dollars for affordable health care through Medicaid, and provided some modest funding […]

On Labor Day, little to celebrate for American workers

BY: - September 7, 2020

Many Minnesotans will be free from work today because of the federal Labor Day holiday, but the average worker has had little to celebrate in recent decades.  Between stagnating wages for working and middle-income Americans and persistent pay gaps that have left women and people of color behind, there hasn’t been much progress for workers […]

Surly to close Minneapolis beer hall following unionization announcement

BY: - September 2, 2020

Surly Brewing Co. announced Wednesday it will close its popular Minneapolis beer hall and pizzeria on Nov. 2, citing revenue losses of 82% from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “If the Beer Hall remained open, Surly would lose at least another three quarters of a million dollars this winter,” the company wrote in […]

Mnuchin: White House would back additional cash to states in relief deal

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal COVID-19 relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]