Boycott Crystal Sugar

The CEO and board members of American Crystal Sugar—the nation’s largest sugar beet processor—have blocked 1,300 workers from their jobs for more than a year, denying them incomes and health care benefits.

2012 Legislative Report

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 »

Romney-Ryan Budget Would Cost Minnesota $3.8 Billion in Funding For Infrastructure, Education

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 »

AFL-CIO Escalates Campaign for Fairness at American Crystal Sugar

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 »

Affordable Care Act is Constitutional!

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 »

Governor Dayton's Leadership Redeemed 2012 Session

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 »

With Time Running Out, AFL-CIO Calls on Legislature to Act on Construction Jobs Bills

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 »

Minnesota CEOs Collect Big Salaries

AFL-CIO Launches 2012 Executive PayWatch, Searchable Online Data Bank of CEO Pay  read more »

"Our Vote Our Future” Statewide Campaign Launched To Defeat Photo ID Amendment

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 »

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