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 »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Announces Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness

As the 2013 Legislative Session entered its second month, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced it’s Agenda for Middle Class Dignity & Fairness as a way for state lawmakers to help level the playing field for middle class families. The agenda includes significantly increasing the state’s minimum wage, adding consequences for employers who lock workers out, and new privacy protections.  read more »

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 »

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