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Workers Memorial Day 2014

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.  It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all. read more »

Sens. Franken, Kirk Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Keep Costs Down for Employers & Workers

Senators Introduce Bill to Help Make “Reinsurance” Program More Fair

U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are proposing a bipartisan plan to provide relief to employers and workers and keep costs down for businesses throughout the country.  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 »

2014 Community Services Awards

The Minnesota AFL-CIO Bea Kersten Community Services Project Award honors groups that have made unique contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  The Terrel D. Merriman Community Services Award honors individuals who make unique contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  The Minnesota AFL-CIO Youth Volunteer Award honors young union members or dependents of union members (ages 17-21) who made unique contributions to their community through volunteer service.  

Deadline is May 30, 2014.

2014 Precinct Caucus Information

Support your union and Minnesota’s working families by participating in your local precinct caucus.  Anyone can attend the precinct caucuses!

Minnesota’s major political parties will hold precinct caucuses on Tuesday, February 4.

At your precinct caucus, you can:

▪ Influence party platforms and speak out against anti-union and anti-middle class legislation and constitutional amendments

▪ Become a delegate to endorsing conventions

▪ Elect local party leaders read more »

Sen. Franken leads letter raising serious concerns on Fast Track

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.

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