As the 2013 Legislative Session entered its second month, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced it’s Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness as a way for state lawmakers to help level the playing field for middle class families. The agenda includes significantly increasing the state’s minimum wage, adding consequences for employers who lock workers out, and new privacy protections. read more »
Following Governor Mark Dayton's budget announcement, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement regarding the Governor's proposed budget:
"Governor Dayton's budget proposal, at its core, puts middle class Minnesotans first. This budget is a great first step in restoring prosperity and expanding the middle class. read more »
As Minnesota's new Legislature convened for the 2013 session, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
"After a decade of cuts-only budgets & fiscal gimmicks that made life harder for middle class Minnesotans, elected leaders have an opportunity to finally balance our budget in a responsible way that moves Minnesota forward. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson offered the following statement in response to Minnesota's November Budget Forecast:
"Between IOUs to schools, a decade of harsh cuts to public services, and budget gimmicks, Minnesota's financial house is sitting on an unbalanced foundation.
"It's clear that the 'no new taxes' ideology of protecting the super-rich and big corporations at the expense of middle class Minnesotans has failed. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson is calling on the Minnesota Orchestra to be honest about its budget situation if it plans to continue requesting state money. Knutson's message comes in light of a Minneapolis Star Tribune report showing how the orchestra's governing board arranged finances in order to achieve favorable outcomes in state bonding requests & labor negotiations. The orchestra received state financing for a construction project & has now locked out its union musicians. read more »
For generations, the sugar beet industry has been the lifeblood of Northwest Minnesota’s Red River Valley.
Now, American Crystal has put all of this in jeopardy by locking out workers.
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According to a new report released by the AFL-CIO, 882,408 Minnesotans could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security, including 115,780 people with disabilities and 59,076 children. Of the 879,145 Minnesotans who get their health care coverage from Medicaid, 422,219 children and 96,039 seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress makes cuts to Medicaid benefits. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid combined deliver $26 billion per year into Minnesota's economy. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response to the 2012 election results:
"Yesterday, Minnesotans once again voted in record numbers and made their voices heard loud & clear.
Minnesotans firmly rejected the politics of division, restriction, & corporate greed and embraced a call to build a better state for today & tomorrow. read more »
While Members of Congress campaign for office, they still have unfinished work back in Washington. After the election, Congress will reconvene and take up the important work of passing a federal budget.
We need to make sure Congress does it right. Working families, seniors and the middle class shouldn't be the ones to sacrifice even more while millionaires and billionaires get to hold-on to tax cuts they don't need. read more »