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 »
The 2012 session presented Minnesota’s Labor movement with even more challenges. The right-wing on the GOP majority attacked working people with a vengeance.
Fortunately, our work in the 2010 election paid off. Governor Mark Dayton, the first Labor-endorsed Governor in more than two decades, stood firm and protected middle class families from reckless anti-labor policy proposals. read more »
The workers are currently on a hunger strike, but their families are also enduring hunger and facing devastating economic circumstances, including utility shut-offs and foreclosures. To give you a sense of the reality they are facing, when the hunger strike lifted during a failed mediation, the workers did not have anything to eat.
Supporting these workers financially has just become much easier. Wellspring UCC is going to collect funds and send them to the workers from now until October 9th, 2012. read more »
In light of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to serve as his running mate, the Minnesota AFL-CIO is highlighting the policies that Paul Ryan has proposed and Mitt Romney supports to make the top 1% richer at the expense of working families. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Romney-Ryan budget would end Medicare and slash crucial funds that support Minnesota’s roads, bridges, schools, clean water facilities and community and mental health services. read more »
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 »