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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Construction Proposal Shows Governor is Still Committed to Job Creation

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s jobs and infrastructure bonding proposal:

"Governor Dayton recognizes that despite strong job growth over the last year, we cannot simply rest on our laurels and hope that growth continues. read more »

Governor Dayton Continues to Put Middle Class Families First

In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s revised budget proposal, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“In his revised budget proposal, Governor Dayton once again demonstrated his commitment to middle class priorities by investing in schools, job creation, and infrastructure, while ensuring the state stays on sound financial ground. read more »

State Budget is More than Adding & Subtracting Numbers

Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement on the state’s February budget forecast: 

“While it’s encouraging to see the state’s balance sheet improving, Minnesotans know that the state budget is more than just adding and subtracting; the budget is a reflection of our shared values and priorities.  read more »

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