Minnesota AFL-CIO names Todd Dahlstrom as Organizing/Growth Director

In an effort to assist affiliate unions in extending membership to more working Minnesotans, the Minnesota AFL-CIO has hired Todd Dahlstrom as the state labor federation’s Director of Organizing and Growth. read more »

Job Posting: Minnesota Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program Coordinator

WAI/WRTP/BIG STEP IS HIRING A “ Minnesota Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program Coordinator”.     read more »

Franken: Corporations must give workers and retirees fair treatment in bankruptcy

U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation today to curb abuses that deprive employees and retirees of their earnings and retirement savings when businesses collapse. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO 52nd Constitutional Convention - Sept. 21-23, 2014

The Minnesota AFL-CIO 52nd Constitutional Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel on September 21 – 23, 2014.  Important dates to keep in mind are:

Week of July 14  - Convention Call will be mailed out. read more »

Labor 2014 Campaign Schools

Labor 2014 will kick off this summer with four regional Campaign Schools to train union activists and staff for the upcoming campaign to elect candidates who will fight for our issues. 

Topics covered: why politics matter for union members and their families; messaging and the 2014 elections – how to share the most impactful messages with our co-workers and friends; organizing at your worksite; and volunteer recruitment best practices.  read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO announces second round of endorsements

Labor federation backs candidates for Secretary of State, Congress, and the Legislature

In its second round of 2014 endorsements, the Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsed State Representative Steve Simon for Secretary of State, Congressman Colin Peterson and Sharon Sund for the United States House and a number of candidates for the Minnesota House. read more »

Legislators leave Capitol with much accomplished for working Minnesotans

The 2014 legislative session drew to an early close with much accomplished for Minnesota’s working families.

“Be it the first minimum wage increase in a decade, a job-creating infrastructure package, or leveling the economic playing field for women; Governor Dayton and DFL lawmakers delivered for Minnesota’s working families this year,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. “The last two years have been filled with major steps toward building a better Minnesota.” read more »

REPORT: 150 Americans Die Each Day Due to Workplace Injury or Disease

According to a report released today by the AFL-CIO, 4,628 workers were killed in the United States during 2012 due to workplace injuries. Additionally an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of nearly 150 workers each day from preventable workplace conditions. read more »

Order your Brick Paver for the Labor Pavilion

Engraved brick pavers are being placed in front of the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. Get your name or logo engraved on a brick paver for $350 dollars. For any questions contact Steve Hunter at 651-227-7647, ext. 113.

State moving forward under Governor Dayton & DFL Legislature

Following Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Thanks to leadership from Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature, Minnesota is moving forward into a new era of shared prosperity. More people are going back to work, schools are beginning to get the resources they need, more Minnesotans have affordable health care, taxes are fairer, and wages are going up. read more »

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