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 »

Minnesota House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The Minnesota House, today, passed legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $9.50 per hour over three years and tie future increases to inflation. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:

“The Minnesota House took a huge step forward today in ensuring better wages for hundreds of thousands of hard working Minnesotans. The minimum wage has continued to lose value over the last 40 years; this legislation would begin to restore some of its buying power. read more »

MN Small Business Owners Say Minimum Wage Increase Good for Business

With the Minnesota Legislature set to take up a minimum wage increase, small business owners joined a growing coalition of Labor unions, non-profit organizations, and faith groups in calling for a meaningful increase in the minimum wage. These business owners say a minimum wage increase would be a net positive. read more »

Statement from Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson on Immigration Bill

Today's announcement of a roadmap to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans is a testament to the unstoppable momentum in our country to create a just and compassionate immigration policy.

Minnesota's Labor movement is committed to working with our affiliate unions and community partners to ensure that a roadmap to citizenship becomes a reality this year.  read more »

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