The Minnesota Independent


Wisconsin Democrats begin Gov. Scott Walker recall effort

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By Jon Collins | 11.14.11 | 12:08 pm

Democrats need to gather more than 550,000 signatures; Republicans vow to document “foul play by Wisconsin Democrats or big government union bosses.”

Academics: Democrats and GOP can both claim victories on Nov. 8 ballots

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.11.11 | 9:30 am

Democrats won some big ballot issues on Nov. 8 against laws that would have taken away collective bargaining rights of public workers and further redefine abortion, but Republicans also have some reasons to be optimistic.

Bachmann: Unions, socialism to blame for Michigan’s economic woes

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.10.11 | 2:58 pm

Bachmann said the solution to Michigan’s unemployment was to make it a right to work state, which would allow companies to cut back wages and benefits.

(Document) NLRB complaint on Jimmy John’s labor violations in Minneapolis

By Jon Collins | 11.10.11 | 12:48 pm

The following is a complaint from the National Labor Relations Board against Jimmy John’s shops in Minneapolis for illegally firing and threatening workers who supported a union.
The complaint was filed on Nov. 9, and will be followed by a…

Following repeal of anti-union law, Ohio gov doubles down on cuts

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By David S. Lewis | 11.10.11 | 4:00 am

After voters felled Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature anti-collective bargaining law yesterday, he responded with an assurance that the state wasn’t going to pony up any new cash to help struggling cities. Cities like Columbus, Ohio, are facing huge cuts from the state and working with unions to lower costs.

NLRB finds Jimmy John’s illegally threatened and fired employees backing union

By Jon Collins | 11.09.11 | 6:11 pm

If the International Workers of the World and Jimmy John’s don’t reach a settlement, the case will go to an administrative judge in January 2012.

Ohio voters repeal law that would have gutted collective bargaining rights

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By Jon Collins | 11.09.11 | 12:52 pm

The White House congratulated Ohioans for “standing up for workers and defeating efforts to strip away collective bargaining rights.”

North Dakota lawmakers deny benefits to locked out workers at American Crystal Sugar

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By Jon Collins | 11.08.11 | 12:12 pm

About 420 North Dakota residents who have been locked out of work at American Crystal Sugar since Aug. 1 are being denied unemployment benefits under state law.

(Video) Occupy Wall Streeters greet Scott Walker in Chicago

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.07.11 | 5:00 am

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up! Chicago performed a “mic check” at the beginning of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s remarks, despite attempts by others at the breakfast to stifle the statements.

Members of Congress call on American Crystal Sugar to resume negotiations

American Crystal Sugar in East Grand Forks, Minn. Photo: Wes Peck, Flickr
By Jon Collins | 11.03.11 | 12:11 pm

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad said American Crystal Sugar “needs to think long and hard about the consequences of their strategy.”