M Health Fairview psychiatric workers voting on unionization
Federal labor officials are counting votes Tuesday to determine whether 350 mental health workers in the M Health Fairview system will join a Minnesota health care union. Concerns about safety and lack of input in managerial decisions motivated workers to organize, employees said during a press conference Tuesday. If a majority of mental health workers […]
Brooklyn Center mayor unveils new citation policy
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a long-delayed new citation and summons policy on Tuesday.
600,000 households eligible for expanded energy assistance program
More than 600,000 Minnesota households are eligible to receive state money to help cover utility bills this year under an expansion of Minnesota’s energy assistance program, the state Department of Commerce announced Monday. Homeowners and renters making up to 60% of the statewide median household income qualify for help paying for current and past-due gas, […]
Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]
More videos released in Jaleel Stallings case
The Reformer has obtained police body camera and other videos from an incident in which a St. Paul man shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team after they fired rubber bullets at him from an unmarked van.
No deal in sight on essential worker bonus pay
Lawmakers remain sharply divided over how to divvy up $250 million the Legislature set aside for bonus pay for essential workers, with the debate largely unchanged after weeks of public hearings and private discussions. Democrats want to include a larger pool of workers and increase the total pie; Republicans want to keep the total the […]
U.S. House oversight panel seeks testimony from company conducting Arizona election ‘audit’
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Friday requested that the company behind a months-long review of Arizona’s election results appear at a hearing next month, after officials from Cyber Ninjas refused to cooperate with document requests from the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee. Top Democrats on that panel, Reps. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Jamie […]
Wave of workers’ comp claims, settlements worsen Minneapolis budget outlook
The wave of Minneapolis cops filing workers’ compensation claims and police brutality lawsuits are contributing to the city’s grim 2022 budget outlook, prompting the mayor to shift millions of dollars to shore up the city’s self-insurance fund.
Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants
Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]
Who will get a booster shot? A Q-and-A about what the feds are saying
WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]
Second Harvest Heartland to invest $13 million in racial hunger divide
Second Harvest Heartland will invest $13 million over the next five years with the goal of reducing racial disparities in food security in Minnesota, the organization announced Thursday. Second Harvest Heartland, which distributes food to more than 1,000 food shelves across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, will use the money to provide more culturally specific foods, […]
Michaels stores and Brooklyn Center police discriminated against Black teen, Human Rights Department finds
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced on Thursday that Michaels, the craft store chain, and the Brooklyn Center Police Department racially discriminated against a Black teenager who wanted to apply for a job and was instead roughly arrested without cause. “The facts of this case are both shocking and unsurprising. There was no reason […]