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Aug 29, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.
Aug 27, 2014
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?
Jul 30, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.
Jul 21, 2014
I picked up the Star Tribune on Friday and read through the headlines. The front page had a teaser with a small photo of former state economist Tom Stinson and text that read "8,500 jobs added; jobless rate at 4.5%. U Economist Tom Stinson calls figures encouraging." So I turned to the business section and read the lead headline again saying Minnesota had gained 8,500 jobs in June.
Jun 30, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota licensed child-care providers declared victory after a landmark Supreme Court ruling Monday, which comes after nine years spent fending off a union drive while operating their small businesses.
Jun 17, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The ballots were set to go in the mail June 3, under the watch of the National Labor Relations Board. Macalester College would be the first Twin Cities private college to vote on unionizing part-time faculty members, followed by Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas.
May 21, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul judge’s ruling will level the playing field for political donations in Minnesota, halting a law that plaintiffs argued “dishes out First Amendment rights on a first-come, first-served basis.”
May 1, 2014
Before anyone even took a mulligan this year, the city of Edina announced 2014 would be the last round for the Fred Richards Executive Golf Course. The announcement went over like a bad hook to a crowd of 300 Edina residents intent on saving “The Fred.”
Apr 15, 2014
Caesar should have feared the Ides of March. But most of us have more reason to rue the “Ides of April” – also known as Tax Day or April 15th. My travels as the Center’s roving Wealth and Prosperity correspondent take me among those who write some of the largest checks to Washington, D.C. and Saint Paul.
Apr 7, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The future of public employee labor unions for state-paid personal care attendants remains up in the air as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs an Illinois case, but you’d never know it by the organizing drive under way to form a sister union in Minnesota. The Service Employees International Union claims the campaign to unionize about 16