As Minnesotans observe the Labor Day holiday, statistics reveal the number of union members in the state continues to erode. At its peak in 1992, the rate of union membership in Minnesota was at 22 percent. In 2011 it was at 15.1 percent, down from 15.6 percent in 2010.
Target's annual 10% sale on gift cards will be held this weekend
You can get a $500 gift card for $450.
Nicollet Mall's new Ties Lounge & Rooftop closes 'indefinitely'
The establishment aimed to reconnect the downtown community.
Man steals car with kids inside, father tracks them down using thief's vehicle
Police said no arrests have been made as of Thursday.
Chinese restaurant closing after 50 years in Columbia Heights
The beloved family-owned restaurant will close Dec. 24.
Kris Laudien leaving KARE 11 after four years on 'Sunrise'
KARE 11 announced the appointment of Jason Hackett to the morning show this week.
MN's COVID update for the week ending Tuesday, Nov. 29
There are now more than 570 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota.
Twin Cities nurses to strike for 20 days starting Dec. 11
A strike in Duluth and Two Harbors doesn't have an end date set.
New owners to take over long-running Ely radio station
WELY will go off the air temporarily starting Thursday, pending the sale.
Minneapolis man gets 10 years for death threats against Hennepin Co. employees
Peter Robert Berry, 60, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
Rural MN town to consider ordinance allowing lawsuits against abortion providers
Attorney General Keith Ellison said the ordinance would violate the state constitution.
Hope Breakfast Bar owners plan new location in Eagan
The Eagan restaurant plans feature an outdoor patio.
Court approves $600K payment to protesters, restrictions on Minneapolis police
Each of the 12 protesters will receive $50,000 as a result.
State Senator wants to make union membership voluntary
Republican Senator Dave Thompson of Lakeville is pushing a proposal that would allow Minnesota workers to opt out of unions. If lawmakers pass his "right to work" legislation, the question would appear before voters in the fall as a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.
Grad students at the University of Minnesota wrap up unionization vote
MPR reports votes will be counted Monday and should only take a few hours. If the majority of the more than 4000 student workers voted in favor of it, all grad students would be obligated to pay the $200-$350 dues each year. This is the fifth time graduate students at the University of Minnesota have tried to unionize.
Union workers pack Capitol as 'right to work' proposal goes to Senate committee
Union members by the hundreds filed into the state Capitol on Monday morning as a group of Senate lawmakers discussed a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for unions to organize. Critics of the bill say it would lower wages and cut benefits for middle-class families. Supporters say it would help businesses create new jobs.
U grad students prepare to vote on union, backed by United Auto Workers
Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are taking another shot at unionization. This time proponents of the idea have joined up with the United Auto Workers. A vote to organize would mean students would be obligated to pay dues (even non-members), and the school would be obligated to bargain in good faith.
Dayton won't keep pushing for child care union vote
The Ramsey County judge who blocked a unionization vote by child care workers ruled that Governor Dayton had exceeded his authority by ordering the vote without involving the Legislature. Dayton says he disagrees with the ruling but has decided against an appeal.
Union sugar worker accused of lying to get replacement in trouble
A locked-out American Crystal Sugar worker is accused of giving false statements to law enforcement officers. Sheriffs officials say the union employee told them a replacement worker nearly hit him with a vehicle driving at high speed through a crowd of picketers. Police say the replacement actually drove slowly and the worker jumped on the hood.
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