Delta Workers Excluded from Paid Sick Leave Win for Subcontractors

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Photo by Susan Du

Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport workers won a momentous victory Monday when the Metropolitan Airports Commission voted unanimously to give lower-wage workers paid sick time -- one hour for every 30 worked.

It's the first such decision the commission has ever made for a Minnesota airport, and it's definitely a big deal because now cabin cleaners, wheelchair pushers, and cart drivers won't have to force themselves to keep chugging along when they're deathly ill. The new subcontractor policy also allows paid leave in the case of sexual assault or domestic abuse, which is real humane of these folks.

Problem is, the Metropolitan Airports Commission has no say over airlines like Delta, United, American and others, so their full- and part-time employees can't cash in on the new regulations.

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Delta Launches New Fare Classes in Ongoing Campaign of Totally Boning Twin Cities' Flyers

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Now coming to the friendly skies: steerage class.

If bitchy flight attendants, crushing bag fees, and draconian rule changes weren't already big enough daggers, flying Delta Airlines will now suck even more.

Delta, your hometown airline based out of Atlanta, introduced a new five-tier pricing structure slated to take effect March 1. Instead of offering just first-class and coach seating, Delta, which controls 75 percent of all flights at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, will now be divvying seats into five classes.

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Delta Fires Kip Hedges for Speaking Out on Wages, Inflames Labor Movement

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Kip Hedges addresses his supporters outside the airport on Friday.

When Kip Hedges, a Delta Air Lines baggage handler of 26 years, was fired for demanding a $15 minimum wage, Delta responded that he had made untrue and disparaging comments about the company.

Well, if Hedges's statement that many of his Delta co-workers currently make less than $15 is untrue, Delta has yet to clarify what exactly is untrue about it. As for the comments being disparaging, it's a credit to Delta officials for realizing they ought to feel ashamed.

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Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken Aren't Happy About Lack of Ebola Screenings at MSP Airport

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Micrograph of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola.
The Center for Disease Control recently started screening all arrivals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at five major American airports for Ebola symptoms.

But MSP Airport isn't one of the airports included on the list, and Mark Dayton, Amy Klobuchar, and Al Franken aren't happy about that.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Workers Join Call for $15 Minimum Wage

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All photos by Jesse Marx
The next time you're waiting for your flight to unload at MSP Airport, look out the window for a bald bag handler with a ZZ Top beard.

You see him? That's Eric Wickstrom. He earns $12 an hour and can count himself among the luckier airport workers because he doesn't earn $8.

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Kahler Nygard confronts TSA agents as they try to search him after a flight [VIDEO]

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From cell phone video taken by Kahler Nygard
Jay Nygard, as you may recall, is the Orono-based rabble rouser who nearly went to jail this summer for refusing to take down a personalized wind turbine. Well, a new battle presented itself last week -- this one involving his son and an higher level of government.

"He took on the city," says Nygard the younger, known as Kahler. "I took on the feds."

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Second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria reportedly had security clearance at MSP

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Abdirahmaan Muhumed grew up in Minneapolis, but he became the second Minnesotan to die fighting for ISIS in Syria this summer. (We wrote about the first, Douglas McCain, a week ago.)

But perhaps the scariest aspect of Muhumed's story is what he was reportedly doing for work before leaving America. According to Fox 9, he worked at MSP cleaning planes and had a security clearance giving him unfettered access to the airport's tarmac.

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Video shows MSP cops roughing up Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett after he swears at them

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Jarrett on the air (left); his mugshot (right).
Video of Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett's May 21 arrest at MSP Airport shows him swearing at a cop just before the officer gets fed up, puts him in an arm bar, and roughly slams him to the ground. (Read the backstory here.)

The altercation took place while Jarrett, who was fresh out of rehab at the time, was in custody "for a possible detox/crisis hold due to the reports received that he was mixing medications with alcohol" at an MSP bar, as an officer put it in his report. But after the incident, one of the officers handcuffed him and said, "Now you're going to jail."

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Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett said he'd been drinking vodka since 9 a.m. day of MSP arrest

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Jarrett on the air (left); his mugshot (right).
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett had been served just one drink by a bartender at the MSP Airport's Northern Lights Grill when police were summoned to the scene to deal with him, according to a police report about his arrest. (Read the backstory here.)

A visibly intoxicated Jarrett wouldn't answer questions posed to him by an officer, who described him as "very unsteady while sitting at the bar, swaying back and forth while sitting, having to use the bar to support him from falling over."

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Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett arrested at MSP; was allegedly drunk, belligerent [MUGSHOT]

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:::: UPDATE :::: Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett said he'd been drinking vodka since 9 a.m. day of MSP arrest

Longtime Fox News TV anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested yesterday afternoon at MSP Airport for allegedly obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer.

Just before 2 p.m., police responding to a report of a drunken man found Jarrett, drunk, at the Northern Lights Grill in Terminal One. He refused to obey orders and was arrested, MSP spokesman Patrick Hogan tells us.

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