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 »

Minnesota’s Union Workforce Grows in 2013

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 »

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.

Klobuchar Holds JEC Hearing on Income Inequality with Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich

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’s Jobs Bill Will Help Minnesota’s Economy to Continue Expanding

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 »

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 »

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