• AFSCME Calling on the MnSCU Board to Stop Paying Big Bonuses
  • Working America Members Deliver Petitions Urging Rep. Eric Paulsen to Support Extending Unemployment Insurance
  • MN AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson talking with State Economist Tom Stinson after December 2009 Budget Forecast
  • SE Area Labor Council Make Wall Street Pay March and Rally, March 2010
  • Wall Street on Trial, Duluth, MN N E Area Labor Council March 2010
  • Working America Jobs Roundtable December 2009
  • Building Trades Rally March 11, 2010

Economy

Election for governor a clear choice between Dayton’s continued prosperity or Johnson’s extreme failed policies

Following Tuesday’s primary election, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

2014 Political Endorsements

The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates for the 2014 Primary & General Elections. An endorsement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO means that the candidate has a strong commitment to supporting the values and priorities of working people. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Report: Minnesota CEOs Paid 127 Times More than the Average Worker

2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy

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According to the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch website, the average CEO of a company based in Minnesota made $5,725,683, 127 times more than the $44,932 earned by the average Minnesota private sector worker.

This year, the highest paid CEO in the state of Minnesota is Gregg W. Steinhafel of Target. He makes 595 times more than the average worker in Minnesota.  read more »

Statement on State Minimum Wage Increase

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement after the Legislature sent a $9.50, inflation indexed, minimum wage bill to Governor Dayton’s desk:

“It’s a great week for all Minnesotans, but especially the 357,000 working Minnesotans who make less than $9.50 per hour.

This legislation ensures that Minnesota’s minimum wage catches up to $9.50 per hour and will keep up with the cost of living. read more »

Minimum Wage Agreement Announced!

In response to today’s agreement between the House and Senate on legislation to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016 and to make future upward adjustments to reflect the cost of living, Raise the Wage Coalition co-chairs Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund, Minnesota; Brian Rusche, Executive Director, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition; and Shar Knutson, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO, issue read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO 2014 Legislative Agenda

Top Priorities:

WAGES, JOBS, EDUCATION, BUDGET, DIGNITY IN THE WORKPLACE

INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE read more »

Expanded surplus is great news, lawmakers should invest with caution

Today, Minnesotans learned the state’s financial health continues to improve. Finance officials announced that Minnesota’s budget is running a $1.23 billion surplus, a $400 million improvement from November. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Thanks to smart leadership from Governor Dayton and DFL majorities in the House and Senate, Minnesota is bouncing back from a decade of deficits, cuts, and economic stagnation. We’re creating new jobs, incomes are growing, and we’re investing in middle class priorities again. read more »

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