Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Jun
2016
14

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger

Oh, the Horror: Minnesota's Responsible Contractor Law Got a Little Bit Stronger
  At the end of 2014, Minnesota Governor and all-around people’s champion Mark Dayton signed a “Responsible Contractor” bill into law. It aimed to ensure that contractors take such quantum compliance leaps as having a federal tax identification number, obeying workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance requirements,...
Feb
2016
26

Minnesota Worker Site Unveils Tremendous Collection of Wage Theft Exposés, Articles

Minnesota Worker Site Unveils Tremendous Collection of Wage Theft Exposés, Articles
  A tremendous amount of work went into Joey Getty and Barb Kucera’s new special collection of 10 stories on wage theft for Workday Minnesota.  The series used interviews, reports, and video to touch on a wide array of wage theft topics ranging from payroll fraud, to theft in the home healthcare industry, to abuse [&hellip...
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Nov
2015
17

REPORT: 20% of MN’s Low-Wage Workers Suffer Job-Related Injuries, Six Times the National Avg.

REPORT: 20% of MN's Low-Wage Workers Suffer Job-Related Injuries, Six Times the National Avg.
  A new report from the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) finds that more than 80 percent of Twin Cities low-wage workers report having to work more than one job in order to make ends meet.  CTUL, a Minneapolis workers advocacy group, conducted a survey of 173 workers across a wide array of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
22

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota’s Paid Sick Leave Standards

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota's Paid Sick Leave Standards
  “It’s a simple request. Follow the law.” Those were the words of Don Waalen-Radzevicius, a 29-year employee of AT&T who was denied paid sick leave when his husband fell victim to a spell of bad health.  Waalen-Radzevicius was joined by other members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at a rally outside of [&hellip...
Dec
2014
1

Technical Colleges, Building Trades Launch Novel Job Training Program in MN School District

Technical Colleges, Building Trades Launch Novel Job Training Program in MN School District
  In Minnesota, Bloomington Public Schools are set to launch the new College and Career Academy which will prepare students for careers after graduation.  It will open in the fall of 2015 with registration beginning in February.  Students attending the academy will be able to choose one of four career pathways: information and technology,...
Oct
2014
30

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger
  Speaking on AM radio, the Republican challenger in Minnesota House District 17A, Tim Miller, made outrageous claims about the costs associated with the state’s prevailing wage laws.  Unfortunately for Miller, simple fact-checking appears to be out of reach. On the KWLM (AM 1340) show Open Mic, Miller claimed: …the MN Department of...
Oct
2014
3

MN Contractors Could Face 20-Year Jail Sentence, $100,000 Fine for Not Paying the Prevailing Wage

  Two electrical contractors in Minnesota have been charged with felony theft by swindle for falsifying records to indicate that they paid employees the prevailing wage on a state-funded project when they were in fact pocketing the difference.  Hennepin County attorneys announced the charges against Thomas Robert Clifton and Earl Keith...
Jul
2014
9

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

  In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools.   In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups.  And in July the teachers and staff of the...
Jun
2014
2

MN Passes “Responsible Bidder” Legislation, Ups Criteria for Contractors on Public Works Project

  In Minnesota, the state Building and Construction Trades Council spearheaded an effort to define what makes a “responsible bidder” in the eyes of the law when it comes to public contracts.  The result? A bipartisan bill that sets new standards which contractors must live up to in order to be eligible to bid on [&hellip...
May
2014
28

Minnesota Takes Bold Action to Streamline Unfair Labor Practice Process for Public Employees

Minnesota Takes Bold Action to Streamline Unfair Labor Practice Process for Public Employees
  From calling out ALEC to pushing hard for union workers to make up the construction workforce on the Vikings new football stadium project few governors are as worker-friendly as Minnesota’s Mark Dayton.  So perhaps it comes as no surprise that Dayton and the Minnesota Democrats have passed a bill streamlining the collective bargaining...
Apr
2014
10

Elizabeth Warren at MN DFL Dinner: Ted Cruz Would Have Tried to Repeal the Declaration of Independence

Elizabeth Warren at MN DFL Dinner: Ted Cruz Would Have Tried to Repeal the Declaration of Independence
Photo credit: Tim Pierce [original here]   Few Democratic party stars are shining as bright as Elizabeth Warren’s, and her speech at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale dinner will only make it shine brighter. Recent polling shows Warren is the “hottest” of possible 2016 presidential candidates in spite of her insistence that...
Mar
2014
28

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas
  Unions in Minnesota are coming to the aid of their neighbors in the Dakotas where a need for skilled labor is growing as the region’s oil boom creates job after job. 76,000 jobs are expected by the year 2020.   Launching the Dakota Construction Careers Campaign, six Minnesota-based construction unions will host a series [&hellip...