Hotel profitability coming at workers' expense

The hotel industry in the Twin Cities metropolitan region has made a strong recovery out of the Great Recession, but not everyone is benefiting from the industry’s progress.


Macalester adjunct faculty fight for fairness

With ballots to be sent out on June 3, the debate on whether or not contingent faculty at Macalester College should unionize is getting heated.


Supplemental budget bill includes report on overtime, agricultural employers and workers

While Minnesota Public Radio touts the conventional talking points about this year's session in What the 2014 Legislature did for you, Bluestem is finding all sorts of goodies in the supplemental budget bill, and we'll be posting more about them in the coming week.


Fast food workers rally outside Lake Street McDonald’s

Photos By: 
Christina Cerruti

A group of fast food workers and activists gathered outside the McDonald’s at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 15 as part of a nationwide event to raise awareness about low wages and workers' rights in fast food establishments across the country.


Renovation will make youth employment skills trainer Cookie Cart more environmentally friendly

In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the world, the economy, the people and the way of living was vastly different from the way that things are now. Some people and organizations have decided to make the change with the times and improve their relationship to the land.


When a pay raise costs too much

Minnesota’s anti-poverty programs are intended to incentivize work for those who are able, meaning that earning more money is usually a more lucrative deal than earning less money and remaining on public assistance. However, sometimes the numbers get a little wonky, creating “cliffs” where people lose a lot of assistance for earning just a little bit more money.


Women's economic security on the move

Legislators and advocates have been working hard this session to build opportunity for all Minnesotans through closing the achievement gaps in education, improving racial health equity and addressing economic disparities that women face.


Impact of minimum wage increase

Last week, the long push to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour came to a successful conclusion with the signing of House File 2091 into law. The Economic Policy Institute has estimated that this increase would boost wages for 357,000 workers and increase purchasing power in the state by $472 million.


Union coverage to continue after Rainbow grocery sale

Workers at Twin Cities Rainbow grocery stores that are being sold will continue to have union representation with their new employers, the United Food & Commercial Workers said. Workers at Rainbow stores that are likely to close will receive severance and other benefits and will get help in finding employment, the union said.


Worthington packinghouse workers authorize strike

Workers at the JBS pork processing facility have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, their union announced.

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