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 »

Amendment Will Make it Harder for Minnesotans to Vote

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 »

Despite Bipartisan Opposition, Reckless ‘Right to Work’ Amendment Moves Forward

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 »

Stop the Anti-Middle Class "Right to Work" Bill

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.
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In desperate procedural move, 'Right to Work' supporters admit bill isn't about jobs

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 »

Fight for Your Right to Vote!

March 8, 2012 - 9:30am

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.

Will you come to Thursday’s hearing to show legislators you oppose this voter suppression attempt? read more »

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