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  • Minn. lawmakers consider minimum wage bills
    Committees in the Minnesota House and Senate will hold hearings this week on raising the state's minimum wage.February 24, 2013
  • Deal reached for metro SEIU janitors but not guards
    Employers in the Twin Cities reached an agreement Saturday afternoon with janitors to avert a strike. But hundreds of security guards who work at corporate headquarters and other big metro office buildings could go on strike next week.February 23, 2013
  • Unemployed complain they need a job to find a job
    Help wanted. Qualifications: Must already have a job. It's a frustrating catch for those out of work in an era of high unemployment: looking for a job, only to find that some employers don't want anyone who doesn't already have one.February 23, 2013
  • SPCO lockout: Labor Board complaint filed
    The American Federation of Musicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.February 19, 2013
  • Maintenance workers threaten strike, set deadline
    Twin Cities store cleaners say they have set a deadline for talks with the maintenance companies that employ them and threaten a strike if they cannot negotiate.February 18, 2013
  • Lawmakers probe shortfall in Job Corps
    House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.February 15, 2013
  • Target store janitors reach wage settlement
    Janitors who work for a company that cleans Twin Cities Target stores have reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit over unpaid wages.February 15, 2013
  • Sharp fall in US jobless claims boosts outlook
    The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits.February 14, 2013
  • Battle brews over hospital nurse staffing
    Minnesota nurses are forging ahead with a call for state lawmakers to enact standards that dictate how hospitals staff their units.February 13, 2013
  • Working for free: Lawsuit claims answering calls, scanning emails deserves overtime
    Does scanning emails and answering calls from bosses on your smartphone after hours constitute work that should be compensated? A lawsuit winding its way through federal court in Chicago says that it does.February 6, 2013
  • Letter carriers worry they could lose jobs
    News that the postal service plans to trim its delivery to five days a week has letter carriers more worried they may lose their jobs.February 6, 2013
  • MnSCU, union reach tentative contract deal
    Negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a contract covering non-teaching faculty who work at Minnesota's seven state universities.February 5, 2013
  • Report: States force jobless to pay needless fees
    Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group.January 29, 2013
  • Job seekers want feedback that many employers aren't giving
    Many unemployed people crave feedback from employers who turn them down for jobs. But most applicants only get a rejection form letter, if they receive any communication at all. Hiring professionals say companies are trying to do a better job responding to job applicants. But many remain overwhelmed by the flood of candidates knocking on their door.January 21, 2013
  • Debate touches on pros and cons of raising state minimum wage
    Some of the first bills introduced at the Minnesota Legislature this year would raise the state's minimum wage, which has not increased since 2005. The federal standard of $7.25 an hour applies to people who work for large companies or companies that engage in interstate commerce. The state minimum wage for the smallest of businesses is $5.25 an hour.January 21, 2013

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