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
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 »
New federal numbers come as Politico ranks Minnesota “2nd strongest state” in the country
In its annual report of union membership, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found Minnesota’s union membership increased by 11,000 in 2013. Minnesota now has an estimated 362,000 union members, 14.3% of the overall workforce. The uptick in membership moves Minnesota from the 13th to 11th most unionized state in the country. read more »
Minnesota Senator Al Franken lead 11 of is Senate colleagues in a latter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing deep concerns on granting the President so-called "fast track" authority on trade agreements.
The letter calls for increased Congressional oversight for trade deals, stronger enforcement for currency manipulation, better labor and environmental controls, and increasing American competitiveness, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), today held a hearing examining income inequality in America with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. read more »
Governor Mark Dayton announced a $986 million jobs and infrastructure proposal today to keep Minnesota’s economy moving in the right direction. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Nearly every economic indicator shows that Minnesota’s economy is not only in full recovery, but growing. read more »
Today, Minnesota budget officials announced a surplus that pays back the entire school shift and all other past budget shifts, leaving the state with an $825 million surplus.
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:
“Under the leadership of Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature, Minnesota is now investing in schools and job creation, making taxes fair, and growing the economy. Today’s news shows how honest budgeting, progressive taxes, and targeted investments lead to prosperity. read more »
In it’s first round of 2014 political endorsements, the Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board voted to back Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken for reelection. The elected board represents more than 300,000 union members throughout the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said both endorsements are based on their work in being strong advocates for Minnesota’s working people. read more »
The 2013 Minnesota Legislature adjourned at midnight on Monday, bringing to a close one of the most productive legislative sessions for working Minnesotans in a generation. read more »
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk told reporters today that a minimum wage increase is likely off the table for the 2013 session. The Minnesota AFL-CIO has been working with a coalition of faith, labor, non-profit, and small business groups advocating an increase to $9.50 per hour over three years with annual increases for inflation. read more »
The Minnesota Senate, today, passed legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $7.75 per hour over three years. This is in contrast to the House bill that increases the rate to $9.50 per hour over three years and preserves its value by tying future increases to inflation. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:
“While it’s encouraging to see the Senate moving on increasing the minimum wage, we prefer the House version, which would make a significant difference in low-wage workers’ lives. read more »