• 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

State continues to post budget surpluses despite years of Republican fear mongering

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement on today’s state budget forecast:

“Minnesotans learned today that their state government continues to be on sound financial and economic ground. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Statement on 2014 Election

Following the 2014 election, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Despite a massive Republican wave that swept the nation, a majority of Minnesota voters re-elected working families champions Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, and Congressman Rick Nolan. read more »

2014 Voting Checklist

Election day is Tuesday, November 4. Do you have everything you need to be able to exercise your right to vote?

First, check your voter registration status. 

Already registered? Great, find your polling place for election day. read more »

Workers speak out against Jeff Johnson’s opposition to minimum wage increases

Responding to Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s opposition to minimum wage increases, workers who are actually impacted by minimum wage rates.  read more »

2014 Political Endorsements

The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates for the 2014 General Election. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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