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 »
Across the country, corporate special interests are trying to make it harder for people to exercise their right to vote. On Thursday, a Minnesota House committee is hearing a constitutional amendment that would require Minnesotans to present a photo ID with a current address before being allowed to vote, making voting harder for seniors, people of color, college students, low-income Minnesotans, and veterans.
In response to the Governor’s announcement that an agreement had been reached to build a people’s stadium on the current Metrodome site, organizations representing working Minnesotans from across the state weighed in with their support for the plan which will put thousands of Minnesotans back to work. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response to state officials’ announcement of a $323 million ‘surplus’ in the current state budget:
“This budget figure is not a real surplus.
“There is still a deficit in the billions in IOUs written to Minnesota school children, the painful cuts made to critical services to the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and the tens of thousands of Minnesotans still looking for work.
“These IOUs and cuts came all while big corporations continued to use tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. read more »
“From Fargo to Findlay: A Journey for Justice” is a joint project of the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar Company and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company will embark on a road trip from Fargo, North Dakota, to Findlay, Ohio, in order to focus attention on the most recent wave of greed-motivated corporate attacks on workers and their unions. read more »
Following Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State Address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Tonight, Governor Dayton offered a bold vision that will build on Minnesota’s economic recovery and lay a foundation for future success.
“Minnesota is already recovering faster than other states; we have an opportunity to complete that recovery by putting thousands more Minnesotans back to work in family-sustaining jobs by improving and expanding critical infrastructure.
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