Target worked with advocates to shape Minneapolis scheduling proposal

MinnPost photo by Rita Kovtun

A key part of the Working Families Agenda had an unlikely author: Target. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz has the story: “Target Corp., the largest private employer in Minneapolis, worked closely with the backers of the workplace scheduling ordinance that angered many businesses before city leaders dropped it last month. … Target executives helped proponents of workers’ rights craft a rough framework for the ordinance, though one that was less onerous than the proposal that emerged publicly from the City Council, which would have forced businesses to tell workers their schedule 28 days in advance. … ‘It was one of the most productive examples of workers negotiating directly with a corporation that I’ve ever been a part of,’ said Anthony Newby, director of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. …”

But what if we want to go to Reykjavik in January? The Star Tribune’s Kristen Leigh Painter reports, “Delta Air Lines will begin new nonstop seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Reykjavik, Iceland, in the spring. … It is Delta’s latest international route for the Twin Cities and one that will compete head-to-head with Reykjavik’s own hometown carrier, Icelandair. The Atlanta-based airline is the only U.S. carrier operating in Iceland, currently servicing the island nation exclusively from New York City. Minneapolis-St. Paul will be Delta’s second worldwide destination for Icelanders.”

Say, what’s former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann up to? The Hill’s Peter Sullivan is keeping tabs: “Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is calling for converting as many people as possible to Christianity because Jesus is ‘coming soon.’ … The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.”

Tomorrow marks 40 years since the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. In the West Central Tribune, Brady Slater talks to one of the first responders to the tragedy: “As the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Naugatuck turned the corner at Pointe Louise on the St. Mary’s River and headed west out into the wide expanse of the lake, a young Shawn McKenzie took stock of the day. … A 20-year-old apprentice quartermaster in the pilothouse of the vessel, McKenzie remembered the reflections in the glassy water that swelled like ‘taking a piece of sheet metal and bumping it,’ he recalled. … ‘I can’t believe it’s been 40 years,’ McKenzie said in a booth at a downtown Duluth diner, across the bridge from his Superior, Wis., home.”

In other news…

Minnesota State Patrol upping enforcement against distracted driving. [Pioneer Press]

This study of implicit racial bias puts Minnesota somewhere near the middle. [Washington Post]

Good news for Fargo’s second-nicest drug dealer. [Pioneer Press]

Fairview loses its COO. [Minnesota Daily]

Ladies and gentlemen, your Grant City, Minnesota, City Council: “We just don’t willy-nilly switch seats all the time. It’s, like, really? Are we in grade school?” [Pioneer Press]

Dreading winter? Take some hints from the Norwegians. [Fast Company]

We’re pretty sure “Only In Your State” published this top 10 list of “Incredible Natural Wonders In Minnesota” just to get people to link to it, but here it is anyway

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Julie Barton on 11/09/2015 - 03:10 pm.


    When I saw this statement earlier, I was really really hoping it was from a satirical website and that she didn’t really say it.

    I should have known better.

    • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/09/2015 - 06:40 pm.

      She also said

      That gas could be selling for $2.00 per gallon and everyone said that she was nuts.

      • Submitted by Tim Walker on 11/10/2015 - 11:37 am.

        No, Tom, what she said was that if she were elected President, she would get gas prices down to $2.00 per gallon.

        Which is nuts, because U.S. Presidents don’t have that power.

        A big difference, no?

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 11/10/2015 - 02:36 pm.

    It’s interesting that Target broke with its peers in the big downtown business community to work constructively on a significant labor issue. The others did a typical knee-jerk anti-union reaction, while Target–knowing what’s happening in other major U.S. cities and states–preferred to work together with labor groups to find solutions. They know that you just can’t have a good brand today and have awful issues with employees on paid sick leave, abusive scheduling practices, wage stealing, and even minimum wages that are at or below the poverty line.

    Belz’s article also included a fact that helps to explain the political mismanagement or ineptitude of the labor groups and Council Members who put this forward only to fall on their faces: they didn’t listen to the experienced Target exec on advanced scheduling and went whole hog for 28 days’ notice, thus rousing the dogs. Belz’s piece includes a lesson for labor organizers in Minneapolis, if they’ll listen.

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