With State on Sound Financial Ground, Time for All Minnesotans to Share in Prosperity

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 »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Joins “Fast for Families” In Call for National Days of Fasting

As activists participating in the “Fast for Families” in Washington, DC called on the American people to join in “National Days to Act, Fast & Pray,” the Minnesota AFL-CIO today announced its support for events scheduled this week to send a clear message to Speaker John Boehner that the time is now to pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Backs Dayton & Franken for Reelection

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 »

Franken Receives Response on Multi-Employer Health Care Plans

Senator Al Franken has been working incredibly hard to bring our concerns to Washington D.C., pushing the Administration to understand the importance of collectively bargained multi-employer plans.  

On behalf of union members, he asked the Administration to acknowledge that employers will still have to honor their contractual obligations regarding the multi-employer or "Taft-Hartley plans" that  union workers went to the bargaining table and negotiated for.  read more »

Thompson Would Bring Scott Walker-Style Politics to Minnesota

 

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the comments on State Senator Dave Thompson’s entry into the Governor’s race: 

“If you asked anyone in Minnesota’s Labor movement to identify a politician in our state who best resembles Scott Walker-style politics, they would point to Dave Thompson. read more »

Minnesota Legislature Adjourns With Much Accomplished and Much Remaining

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 »

Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Will Continue

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 »

Senate Minimum Wage Bill a Small Step Forward

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 »

REPORT: Minnesota has one of the Country’s Lowest Workplace Fatality Rates

According to a new AFL-CIO report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 60 workers were killed in Minnesota in 2011. read more »

Order your Brick Paver for the Labor Pavilion

Engraved brick pavers are being placed in front of the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. Get your name or logo engraved on a brick paver for $350 dollars.

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