Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak

Max Nesterak is a reporter for the Reformer focusing on labor and housing. Most recently he was associate producer for MPR’s Morning Edition after a stint at National Public Radio. He also co-founded the and was a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany.

What ‘Chevron deference’ means for workers

By: - January 22, 2024

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to overturn a little-known, yet highly consequential precedent once celebrated by Republicans like former President Ronald Reagan. Labor experts fear such a break from precedent would hurt workers by hobbling the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and other executive agencies’ ability to enforce important […]

Dr. Matt Hoffman, a family physician at Allina Vadnais Heights Clinic, speaks at a news conference outside Allina Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Aug. 16, 2023, announcing a group of more than 550 primary care clinicians filed for a union election with federal labor regulators. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Allina primary care doctors launch historic effort to unionize more than 550 clinicians

By: - August 17, 2023

More than 550 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants across Allina’s 61 primary and urgent care clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin could form the nation’s largest private sector union of clinicians. Over 60% of Allina primary and urgent care clinicians signed onto a petition filed with federal labor regulators on Friday to hold a union […]

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt and AIM co-chair Lisa Bellanger attend the memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis on June 4, 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt, ‘Neegonnwayweedun,’ dies at 85

By: - January 17, 2022

Clyde Bellecourt, one of the most influential leaders in the Red Power movement and fight for Native American civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Minneapolis. He was 85. His legacy encompasses high-profile, sometimes militant acts of civil disobedience alongside peaceful efforts to found schools, improve health care and nurture Native culture in the […]

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Second U.S. case of omicron detected in Minnesota

By: - December 2, 2021

The second U.S. case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 was reported in Minnesota on Thursday, leading the governor to ask residents to renew their efforts to slow the spread. “This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise,” Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “Minnesotans know what to do to keep each […]

Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (right) sit in court before opening statements on March 29, 2021

Chauvin trial begins with opening statements focused on cause of death, police training

By: - March 29, 2021

Attorneys in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin laid out their case on Monday before 14 jurors who will decide if Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. The opening statements from the prosecution and defense indicate the trial will hinge on […]

Employees restock groceries at a Target store in Minnesota

Thousands of Target employees work over 50 hours a week. Why don’t they get overtime?

By: - March 17, 2020

Target Corp. has quietly settled half a dozen class action lawsuits and still faces two more from workers who allege the company has failed to pay overtime they’re owed. Target calls these workers “executive team leaders” and pays them managerial salaries — as opposed to hourly wages — that keep them from earning overtime. But […]