Today AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined 1300 workers with the Bakery, Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), who have been locked out of five processing facilities and other facilities of American Crystal Sugar, in announcing that the AFL-CIO and BCTGM are escalating their campaign for fairness and justice at the company. The lockout, which began on August 1, 2011, came in the midst of bargaining over a successor contract between American Crystal Sugar and five locals of BCTGM at various locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. read more »
Responding to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
"Today is a great day for working Americans. The Supreme Court’s decision clears the way for millions of people to have the access to the affordable, high quality health care that had previously been denied. read more »
As the Minnesota Legislature adjourned for the year, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
"After nearly three months of the Republican majority attacking working people, the right to vote, and standing up for corporate special interests, the Minnesota Legislature finally adjourned for 2012. read more »
Large infrastructure bonding bill & stadium will create thousands of jobs
With the 2012 Legislative session almost over, the Minnesota Legislature has yet to send critical construction job creation bills to Governor Dayton's desk. That's why the Minnesota AFL-CIO is calling on legislators to act now and pass a large infrastructure bonding bill and legislation authorizing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. read more »
A broad array of individuals representing organizations from across the state of Minnesota, flanked speakers from the Minnesota AFL-CIO, AARP, Minnesota Farmers Union, League of Women Voters, MPIRG, and TakeAction Minnesota as they gathered Thursday morning at the State Capitol to launch the “Our Vote Our Future” statewide ballot initiative campaign to defeat the photo ID amendment. read more »
In response to the Legislature's passage of a constitutional amendment imposing strict photo ID rules for citizens to vote, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
"Plain and simple, this amendment will do more to prevent law-abiding Minnesotans from voting than actually stopping any fraud at the ballot box.
"This amendment puts an undue burden on seniors, members of the military, students, people of color, the disabled, and absentee voters who may not have the specific kind of identification this unnecessary amendment requires. read more »
More than 1,600 people descended on the State Capitol Monday morning to show their opposition to an unfair, unsafe, and unnecessary “right to work” constitutional amendment.
Despite clearing committee, the vote was razor thin, with one Republican joining the committee’s five DFLers in opposing the amendment. read more »
Despite bipartisan opposition, supporters of the irresponsible "Right to Work" Constitutional Amendment are trying to move the bill forward. They know that Minnesotans oppose this unsafe, unfair and unnecessary law, and have resorted to desperate gimmicks to try to pass it.
The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee is hearing the bill on Monday morning. read more »
Today, in a desperate move to keep the irresponsible "Right to Work" bill alive, State Senator Dave Thompson had the bill, that has bipartisan opposition, moved from the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth committee to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety committee.
"By insisting this bill be taken out of the jobs committee, Senator Thompson admitted that his reckless 'right to work' bill has nothing to do with creating jobs," said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. "Plain and simple, this unsafe, unfair, and unnecessary amendment is a bad deal for middle class Minnesotans. read more »