As families prepare for the holiday, a new report released by the AFL-CIO shows that, 28,100 Minnesotans will lose their unemployment benefits on December 31st if Congress fails to act to extend unemployment insurance.
In Minnesota as well as across the country, jobless workers and their communities will be holding prayer vigils on Thursday December 8 to call attention to the ongoing jobs crisis and to urge Congress to take immediate action and extend unemployment benefits. read more »
Responding to Minnesota’s November Budget Forecast, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“While Republican legislators pop champagne bottles over a balance sheet that shows the state budget in the black, they should remember how they insisted on begging, borrowing, and stealing that money from school children, middle class families, vulnerable Minnesotans, and seniors; all to protect millionaires. read more »
The already strained relationship between management of American Crystal Sugar Company (ACSC) and its 1,300 locked out workers was dealt another serious blow when recordings of anti-worker statements by ACSC President and CEO Dave Berg were made public this week. read more »
Union Veterans Council Calls on American Crystal Sugar to Truly Honor Veterans and End Lockout
Fargo, ND—Veterans and union members gathered at the Fargo Labor Temple today to commemorate Veterans Day and to honor the service of the many veterans who now find themselves locked out by their employer, American Crystal Sugar (ACS). read more »
Upon learning of the US Senate’s passage of two key Veterans portions of President Obama’s American Jobs Act and the President’s executive actions, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“It’s fitting that ahead of Veterans Day, the United States Senate and the President moved to create new job opportunities for the brave men and women who have served our country. read more »
Labor leaders call on United Way to urge Dave Berg to end lockout or remove him from leadership post
The now five-month long American Crystal Sugar lockout has created hardship and economic distress in the Red River Valley.
Given the hardship the lockout has caused, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson and North Dakota AFL-CIO President Gary Granzotto called on the leadership of the Cass-Clay United Way to ask American Crystal CEO Dave Berg to end the lockout or rescind his position on the United Way Board of Trustees. read more »
Almost 25 million people are unemployed, underemployed or have stopped looking for work—and wages are essentially flat. The middle class is shrinking. Working people—the 99%—are told to sacrifice more while the rich keep getting richer.
And now Ohio workers—including nurses, firefighters and teachers—have lost some of their most basic rights under Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, which many say is even worse than what Gov. Scott Walker pulled in Wisconsin. read more »
The future of the United States Postal Service is being debated right now in Congress and our brothers and sisters from the National Association of Letter Carriers would like your help in this debate. One of the proposals being considered in the United States Congress is eliminating a day of delivery. This proposal would lay off about 80,000 employees from the postal service. Not only would it harm union members at the postal service but also the general public. read more »
Amongst the ongoing debate over funding options for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Minnesota AFL-CIO today reaffirmed its support in favor of a casino in Minneapolis’ Block E Entertainment complex.
“We need to do everything we can to get more Minnesotans back to work and our economy moving again,” said Shar Knutson, President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. “The renovation and operation of a casino at Block E will create a significant number of family-sustaining jobs many Minnesotans so desperately need.” read more »