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Pro-union TV ads blast 'right to work' legislation

Leaders in the AFL-CIO, which produced the ad that starts airing Tuesday, says the bill is "a power grab" meant to weaken collective bargaining. Union members worry it would ultimately lead to less compensation for middle-class families, but Republican legislators behind the bill say it would attract new business and create jobs.

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.

Crystal Sugar says window to deal is closing after talks fail again

Valley News reports American Crystal executives and union negotiators made no progress after yet another meeting. In a statement, executives said the union is ignoring the fact "times have changed dramatically" and that contracts must reflect those changes. The union says it has put forward new proposals but the company refuses to bargain.

Mayo doctor warns desk dwellers: Sitting is 'the new smoking'

A Mayo Clinic researcher says a third of Minnesotans are either already diabetic or on their way, and the culprit, according to Dr. James Levine, could be sitting. He's teaming up with other researchers at Mayo and the University of Minnesota to study how even a little activity, even standing, can improve health.

Superior set to see hundreds of new jobs as Exodus Machines expands

The machinery maker is planning a major expansion after striking a global distribution deal with Caterpillar. The company says the expansion will bring up to 300 new jobs to the city over the next six to eight years. It's the just latest in a series of good job news in Superior; Kestrel Aircraft earlier announced it would hire up to 600 workers to staff a new manufacturing center there.

U study: Flexible workplace boosts employees' health and well-being

"Moving from viewing time at the office as a sign of productivity to emphasizing actual results ... fosters healthy behavior and well-being," says a research team at the University of Minnesota. The study took a look what Best Buy calls its "Results Only Work Environment," which is supposed to focus only on results and free up employees to do the work when and where they wish. The study says the model shows numerous benefits.