Governor's Budget Puts Middle Class Families First

Following Governor Mark Dayton's budget announcement, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement regarding the Governor's proposed budget:

"Governor Dayton's budget proposal, at its core, puts middle class Minnesotans first.  This budget is a great first step in restoring prosperity and expanding the middle class. read more »

2013 Session is Minnesota's Moment to Get Back on Track

As Minnesota's new Legislature convened for the 2013 session, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

"After a decade of cuts-only budgets & fiscal gimmicks that made life harder for middle class Minnesotans, elected leaders have an opportunity to finally balance our budget in a responsible way that moves Minnesota forward. read more »

Fair, sustainable revenue is a ticket off the budget roller coaster

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson offered the following statement in response to Minnesota's November Budget Forecast:

"Between IOUs to schools, a decade of harsh cuts to public services, and budget gimmicks, Minnesota's financial house is sitting on an unbalanced foundation.

"It's clear that the 'no new taxes' ideology of protecting the super-rich and big corporations at the expense of middle class Minnesotans has failed.  read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO: "MN Orchestra should come clean about budget situation & state money requests."

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 »

Stand With Sugar Workers!

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.

You can contribute in multiple ways.

Note: Donations are not charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Donations from unions and individuals are accepted. We cannot accept donations from corporations.

You can contribute to help locked out workers fight back by donating to the Action Fund. read more »

Nearly 900,000 Minnesotans Could Be Harmed By Any Deal to Cut Social Security

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 Statement on the 2012 Elections

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 »

No More Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security. No more giveaways to the rich.

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 »

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 »

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