Minnesota AFL-CIO Joins “Fast for Families” In Call for National Days of Fasting

As activists participating in the “Fast for Families” in Washington, DC called on the American people to join in “National Days to Act, Fast & Pray,” the Minnesota AFL-CIO today announced its support for events scheduled this week to send a clear message to Speaker John Boehner that the time is now to pass commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Backs Dayton & Franken for Reelection

In it’s first round of 2014 political endorsements, the Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board voted to back Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken for reelection. The elected board represents more than 300,000 union members throughout the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said both endorsements are based on their work in being strong advocates for Minnesota’s working people. read more »

Franken Receives Response on Multi-Employer Health Care Plans

Senator Al Franken has been working incredibly hard to bring our concerns to Washington D.C., pushing the Administration to understand the importance of collectively bargained multi-employer plans.  

On behalf of union members, he asked the Administration to acknowledge that employers will still have to honor their contractual obligations regarding the multi-employer or "Taft-Hartley plans" that  union workers went to the bargaining table and negotiated for.  read more »

Thompson Would Bring Scott Walker-Style Politics to Minnesota


Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the comments on State Senator Dave Thompson’s entry into the Governor’s race: 

“If you asked anyone in Minnesota’s Labor movement to identify a politician in our state who best resembles Scott Walker-style politics, they would point to Dave Thompson. read more »

Minnesota Legislature Adjourns With Much Accomplished and Much Remaining

The 2013 Minnesota Legislature adjourned at midnight on Monday, bringing to a close one of the most productive legislative sessions for working Minnesotans in a generation. read more »

Fight for Minimum Wage Increase Will Continue

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk told reporters today that a minimum wage increase is likely off the table for the 2013 session. The Minnesota AFL-CIO has been working with a coalition of faith, labor, non-profit, and small business groups advocating an increase to $9.50 per hour over three years with annual increases for inflation. read more »

Senate Minimum Wage Bill a Small Step Forward

The Minnesota Senate, today, passed legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $7.75 per hour over three years. This is in contrast to the House bill that increases the rate to $9.50 per hour over three years and preserves its value by tying future increases to inflation. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:

“While it’s encouraging to see the Senate moving on increasing the minimum wage, we prefer the House version, which would make a significant difference in low-wage workers’ lives. read more »

REPORT: Minnesota has one of the Country’s Lowest Workplace Fatality Rates

According to a new AFL-CIO report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 60 workers were killed in Minnesota in 2011. read more »

Minnesota House Passes Minimum Wage Increase

The Minnesota House, today, passed legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $9.50 per hour over three years and tie future increases to inflation. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:

“The Minnesota House took a huge step forward today in ensuring better wages for hundreds of thousands of hard working Minnesotans. The minimum wage has continued to lose value over the last 40 years; this legislation would begin to restore some of its buying power. read more »

MN Small Business Owners Say Minimum Wage Increase Good for Business

With the Minnesota Legislature set to take up a minimum wage increase, small business owners joined a growing coalition of Labor unions, non-profit organizations, and faith groups in calling for a meaningful increase in the minimum wage. These business owners say a minimum wage increase would be a net positive. read more »

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