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 »

Statement from Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson on Immigration Bill

Today's announcement of a roadmap to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans is a testament to the unstoppable momentum in our country to create a just and compassionate immigration policy.

Minnesota's Labor movement is committed to working with our affiliate unions and community partners to ensure that a roadmap to citizenship becomes a reality this year.  read more »

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Construction Proposal Shows Governor is Still Committed to Job Creation

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s jobs and infrastructure bonding proposal:

"Governor Dayton recognizes that despite strong job growth over the last year, we cannot simply rest on our laurels and hope that growth continues. read more »

Governor Dayton Continues to Put Middle Class Families First

In response to Governor Mark Dayton’s revised budget proposal, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“In his revised budget proposal, Governor Dayton once again demonstrated his commitment to middle class priorities by investing in schools, job creation, and infrastructure, while ensuring the state stays on sound financial ground. read more »

State Budget is More than Adding & Subtracting Numbers

Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement on the state’s February budget forecast: 

“While it’s encouraging to see the state’s balance sheet improving, Minnesotans know that the state budget is more than just adding and subtracting; the budget is a reflection of our shared values and priorities.  read more »

Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness Moves Forward

In late January, the Minnesota AFL-CIO put forward our Agenda for Middle Class Dignity and Fairness. The bills are now being introduced and are moving at the Legislature.


Minimum Wage Act: Raising Minnesota’s Minimum Wage to $10.55/hour and indexing to inflation. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Governor Dayton’s Budget Plan

The Executive Board of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor federation, voted unanimously yesterday to endorse Governor Mark Dayton’s state budget plan. On behalf of the 300,000 member labor federation, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Minnesota's state budget is more than just adding and subtracting numbers to balance at zero - it is a reflection of our shared values and priorities. read more »

Governor Lays Out Clear Path to a Better Minnesota

Following Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: 

“Governor Dayton made it clear to all Minnesotans that the best path to a better Minnesota is to invest in what makes our state great; Minnesotans. read more »

MN AFL-CIO Scholarship for High School Seniors

The Minnesota AFL-CIO scholarship is awarded to five (5) recipients in 2013 to graduating high school seniors who are union members or the dependents of union members.

Applicants must have a straight "B" average or better (2.0 in a 3.0 grade point system/3.0 in a 4.0 grade point system) and attend a post secondary institution located within the state of Minnesota.

Winners will be selected by lot by the Minnesota AFL-CIO Education Committee in May 2013. read more »

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