TSA workers rally to demand more help with airport security

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Oh, but let’s not rush into anything. It’ll be October soon enough. MPR’s Tim Nelson says: “Dozens of union members rallied at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Tuesday, calling for their employer to hire more transportation security officers here and across the country. They say Congress and the federal Transportation Security Administration are denying adequate funding to airport security operations, delaying travelers and thinning the ranks of security personnel. Transportation security officers around the country are expected to work mandatory overtime, days off are being cancelled, and meal and rest breaks are being cancelled … .”

The boom has returned. Says Jim Buchta of the Strib, “It was the best May in history for Twin Cities home sellers, causing house prices to inch closer to an all-time high, the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors said Tuesday in its monthly report. There were 6,167 home sales, up 5.3 percent from last year and the highest May closed sales figure on record. The median price of those sales rose 5.7 percent to $236,826, which was second only to June 2006 for the highest monthly median sales price on record.”

You can help. The Forum News Service says, “The State Patrol is asking for the public’s help as it continues to investigate a hit-and-run crash that killed 10-year-old Caylin Donovan on Friday in east-central Minnesota. The Lake Park girl was struck and killed just before 8 p.m. while walking on Minnesota 18 near Mille Lacs Lake. … Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday to call Lt. Adam Fulton at 218-316-3025 with any information about the incident … .”

Also from the Forum folks, Don Davis reports, “Transportation funding appears to remain the main hurdle to a special legislative session to fund Minnesota public works projects and fix a tax bill. A meeting of House and Senate public works negotiators Tuesday failed to produce any sign they are closer to agreement than when their regular session ended last month.”

I had no idea until now. Reuben Saltzman in the Strib says, “Radon licensing is coming to Minnesota. I first shared news of the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act on my blog more than a year ago, but a fair amount has changed since then. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Mike Hogenson of Standard Water Control Systems for investing his time working to make the initial licensing act more palatable to radon professionals in Minnesota. He has sent out a lot of emails, made a lot of phone calls, and even put together a web page with information about the radon act. The initially proposed set of rules has been significantly modified by an amendment which has passed the senate and been signed by the governor.”

Maplewood. So hip. Dee DePass of the Strib says, “3M Company has displaced Google to claim the top spot in a national survey of millennials as the most preferred potential workplace. … The National Society of High School Scholars surveyed 13,000 students and young professionals between the ages of 15 to 32. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester also made the list, ranking 13th. Besides 3M, others in the top five slots for where millennials want to work were: Google, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Walt Disney Co.; and local hospitals (that were ranked as a group). Apple ranked No. 8.” What? Not Comcast?

You’d think they’d be staking out bars. But Richard Chin of the PiPress says, “A man has been charged with identity theft for allegedly stealing the credit cards of 22 victims from cars parked at fitness centers, golf courses and other locations throughout the Twin Cities, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court. … The stolen credit cards were used at Target stores to purchase or try to purchase televisions, iPads and an Xbox One and at gas stations to buy Newport cigarettes.”

The IRRRB needs a win. Says Dan Kraker at MPR, “An Iron Range state economic development agency unanimously approved a $36 million package of subsidies Tuesday to lure a wood siding plant to the Iron Range. The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board for the first time publicly identified the prospective siding manufacturer as Nashville-based Louisiana Pacific. State lawmakers negotiating a deal with the ‘mystery’ company had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Louisiana Pacific, which has also been considering sites in Canada and Michigan. The company has proposed a $440 million project that’s expected to create 250 jobs in Hoyt Lakes on the eastern end of the Iron Range, an area hard hit by job losses in recent years. In addition, the agency predicts another 500 to 600 jobs will be created in logging, trucking, forestry and retail.”

A small victory for SEIU. Says Kavita Kumar of the Strib, “A planned protest outside of Best Buy Inc.’s shareholders meeting Tuesday morning turned into a small celebration after the janitors who clean its stores reached an agreement with the Richfield-based electronics retailer to use a ‘responsible’ contractor. Best Buy made the pledge Monday night to Service Employees International Union Local 26 (SEIU), which has pressed for better conditions, including the right to organize, for janitors who work at Twin Cities Best Buy stores. Details are still to be hashed out, but the janitors’ allies likened it to a similar agreement reached with Minneapolis-based Target Corp. in June 2014.”

A good one from Jon Tevlin in the Strib on the mistreatment of a washburn High teacher: “It’s a plot you might see in a student theater production: A young white high school drama teacher on the way home from a long day stops to witness the arrest of a black man. Police tell her to move along; this is not your business. The teacher … continues to monitor the arrest to make sure the man’s rights are not violated. Police arrest the teacher … .”

America the exceptional. The AP says, “The owner of a central Minnesota convenience store is fed up with recent robberies. So he’s offering a gas discount to bring people with concealed-carry permits to his store. This week the Shell station in Sauk Rapids posted a sign on its door offering 10 cents off per gallon of gas for law enforcement or people with proof of a permit to carry guns. The discount is good every day after 7 p.m.’’

So what’s he got for his next act? In the PiPress Nick Kelly says, “Drew Stewart wears a jacket that has cost his parents roughly $1,400 and counting, but there is nothing ‘designer’ about it. … As a quarterback on the football team, a point guard on the basketball team and an outfielder on the baseball team, Stewart has competed at nine state tournaments, all of which are represented on the back of his jacket with red chenille patches shaped like Minnesota. On his left sleeve are accolades ranging from offensive player of the year to member of Vikings all-state team. There is no more room there.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/15/2016 - 10:26 am.

    Free enterprise

    Hmmm. A $36 million subsidy could also be accurately described as a “bribe.” Nothing like the “free market,” eh?

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