Twin Cities janitors to strike Wednesday

The Glean

This is sure to cause a mess. MPR’s Matt Sepic reports:Thousands of Twin Cities janitors will walk off the job Wednesday after their contract deadline passed Sunday night. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents more than 4,200 people who work for janitorial firms contracted to clean office buildings. Local 26 President Javier Morillo said employee workloads and a $15 hourly wage remain major sticking points.”

Might have to send the collection plate around a few extra times. The Duluth News Tribune’s Tom Olsen reports, “The Diocese of Duluth and attorneys representing dozens of child sexual abuse victims have agreed to enter mediation talks ahead of a May deadline for filing claims, according to documents filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. … Gregg Zive, a federal bankruptcy judge in Arizona with experience in diocesan bankruptcy cases, is expected to assist in negotiations between the parties. … A diocese official testified at a hearing earlier this month that, as of November, the church maintained net assets of a little more than $5 million and total liabilities of just over $12 million.”

All your questions about transportation funding in Minnesota, answered. The St. Cloud Times’ Kirsti Marohn covers what is sure to be a big issue in the coming legislative session: “Stearns County Engineer Jodi Teich is used to searching for dollars to resurface cracking pavement, repair deteriorating bridges and address safety and congestion problems on the county’s roads. … But it’s not an easy task, and the needs far outweigh Teich’s $20 million annual budget. She’s constantly looking for ways to supplement the state and federal funding the county receives. … Stearns County is a microcosm of the growing chasm between Minnesotans’ demands for a modern, safe, efficient network of roads, bridges and transit, and the available dollars to pay for it.

Babe Ruth came to Minnesota in 1922 to play an exhibition game … in Sleepy Eye? KARE’s Boyd Huppert has the story: “Three friends with a shared obsession with the most famous sporting event ever played in their town, recently received the surprise of their lives. … An 11-year-old boy who attended a 1922 Babe Ruth exhibition game in Sleepy Eye, is not only alive, but fetched a Ruth home run ball he’s since given to his grandson.”

In other news…

Update on Norm Coleman’s throat cancer. [KSTP]

Hamline adjunct faculty ratify a contract. [Star Tribune]

Did not know most of these: “10 Facts You Might Not Know About Pillsbury” [Mental Floss]

Sandwich face off going down at Bradstreet in Minneapolis this afternoon. [Secrets of the City]

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 02/15/2016 - 02:09 pm.

    I’m glad that Norm Coleman is getting better.

    From the KSTP story:

    “His own diagnosis gives him a greater appreciation of what cancer patients face. He’s even willing to join the “War on Cancer” recently announced by the Obama administration.”

    Good for you, Norm.

    Please also consider calling off the war on Obamacare and let more people with cancer have access to the kind of medical care that you received and continue to receive.

    • Submitted by Rory Kramer on 02/15/2016 - 03:46 pm.

      The “War on Cancer” isn’t a new thing that Obama just came up with. The war on cancer has been going on since the first kind of cancer was detected.

      • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 02/15/2016 - 05:27 pm.

        And the “war”

        And billions and billions of dollars has accomplished little except for incredibly high prescription drug costs paid mainly by Americans

  2. Submitted by Bill Willy on 02/15/2016 - 07:02 pm.

    You want it, but Grover says you can’t have it

    Minnesotans are demanding “a modern, safe, efficient network of roads, bridges and transit,” but when it comes to those “available dollars to pay for it,” as we’re about to have to sit through for the second year in a row, the Grover Norquist party will be explaining all (election) year that the Minnesotans that want that kind of transportation system simply cannot withstand the economic deprivation that would be caused by them having to pay $1.70 or so per gallon to have it.

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