Support Striking Workers

In early November, workers walked off their jobs on a one-day strike at 70 different workplaces in the Twin Cities, at fast food restaurants and retail stores like Macy's. Most workers are making minimum wage and live paycheck to paycheck. read more »

Minnesota celebrates Apprenticeship Week with expansion into manufacturing

As the U.S. Department of Labor marks the first ever “Apprenticeship Week,” Minnesota is expanding apprenticeships into manufacturing. Minnesota is one of just three states partnering the AFL-CIO’s Working for America Institute and the Department of Labor to implement the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program. read more »

Take the National Survey of Working Women

The AFL-CIO recently released the National Survey of Working Women to capture a multifaceted picture of the lives of working women across the country, both union and nonunion. read more »

Job Openings: Field Organizer(s); Three Positions based in Willmar, Albert Lea, & Rochester

The Minnesota AFL-CIO is seeking (three) full-time, temporary Field Organizer(s) to work with the affiliated unions of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, staff and leaders of the local Area Labor Councils and key community allies to develop and execute the development of political, legislative and issue campaigns; build activism and local capacity; and mobilize affiliates, other labor organizations, commun read more »

Minnesota to Benefit from New Department of Labor Grants for Apprenticeship Programs

The Minnesota AFL-CIO applauds the Department of Labor for awarding millions of dollars in grant money to support registered apprenticeship programs across the country, including the newly-formed Minnesota Regional Training Partnership. read more »

Bill McCarthy Elected President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board today elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next President. McCarthy, currently Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation President, will be sworn in October 13 to succeed retiring President Shar Knutson. read more »

Statement on Supreme Court’s Grant of Certification in Friedrichs v. CTA

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a challenge on collective bargaining rights. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seeks to overturn the 35-year old Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fair share fees from non-members to cover the costs associated with representation.  read more »

Shar Knutson to Retire as Minnesota AFL-CIO President in October

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson announced that she will retire on October 9, 2015. Knutson, the first woman to serve as Minnesota AFL-CIO President, has led the 300,000 member labor federation since 2009. read more »

Minnesota Works Podcast: Episode 7 - Senator Franken Talks Unions & Trade

United States Senator & union member Al Franken joins us to talk about his experience as a union member. He also tells us why he voted against Trade Promotion Authority.

Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Director Jennifer Schaubach stops in with a review of what did and didn’t happen during the 2015 Legislative Session. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Peggy Flanagan in House District 46A Special Election

The Minnesota AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Peggy Flanagan in the special election for Minnesota House District 46A. The seat is being vacated by Representative Ryan Winkler, who recently resigned. The primary will take place on August 11 and the general election will be held on November 3. read more »

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