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Job openings in greater Minnesota up but hours, wages lacking

The number of jobs available in Minnesota counties outside the Twin Cities area is at an eight-year high. But some analysts are serving up a grain of salt with that seemingly cheery news. The Jobs Now Coalition notes that barely half the jobs are full-time and the median hourly wage is barely ten dollars -- not quite enough to live on.

Another labor deal with mine workers reached on the Iron Range

Members of the United Steelworkers union and Cliffs Natural Resources have agreed on a new three-year labor contract, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The deal covers about 1,100 workers at ore plants in Eveleth and Hibbing. Both sides failed to reach an agreement by the Sept. 1 deadline, but agreed to a contract extension that kept the northern Minnesota plants operating while negotiations continued.

Minn. congress members urge American Crystal and union to reach agreement

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz suggest it is time to bring in a “new high-level mediator” to help Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar and union workers reach a deal. The four DFL members of Congress sent a letter to leaders on both sides of the yearlong labor dispute on Thursday.

Delta plans to fly fewer 50-seat planes

Under a new labor agreement, Delta Air Lines would remove nearly 220 small 50-seat planes from its fleet. MinnPost reports Delta plots will start voting on the new labor deal later this month. The tentative agreement also boosts pay by nearly 20 percent by January 1, 2015.

Jobless rate ticks up as Minnesota employers shed 200 positions

But "the underlying fundamentals of the economy remain strong," said the chief of the state's employment department. The trade, transportation and utility industries were the biggest job gainers in March, while government, manufacturing and construction led the losses.

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.

U grad assistants reject union

Graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota have voted against a move to form a union with the help of the United Auto Workers, the Minnesota Daily reports.