Press releases

Still time for a comprehensive transportation bill

With less than two days remaining in the legislative session and no agreement on a comprehensive transportation bill, Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement: read more »

Minnesota’s CEOs Paid 305 Times More Than the Average Worker

According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, Minnesota S&P 500 CEOs made an average of $13.9 million in 2014 – 305 times more than the average worker. The highest paid Minnesota CEO, Target’s Brian Cornell, made $28.2 million in 2014, 779 times the average worker’s pay. read more »

House GOP’s “Jobs” bill will lower & freeze wages, hurt job creation

Today the Minnesota House passed legislation that Republicans called a “jobs bill.” Looking closer at the legislation, it’s clear that it will hurt working Minnesotans. read more »

Governor’s Jobs Bill will further strengthen Minnesota’s economy

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his proposed jobs and infrastructure bill. The proposal would build and improve public infrastructure like MnSCU and U of M classrooms and buildings, roads, parks, and other projects throughout the state while creating nearly 24,000 new jobs in the process. read more »

Labor applauds Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Minneapolis Working Families Agenda

In her State of the City Address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced a bold working families policy agenda. In her speech, Mayor Hodges called for fair and predictable scheduling for shift workers, increased protections against wage theft, and earned sick and safe time.

State and local Labor leaders applauded Mayor Hodges’ agenda. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO calls on Bloomington City Attorney not to prosecute #BlackLivesMatter Activists

Today, the Minnesota AFL-CIO Executive Board passed a resolution calling on Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson to not prosecute the 11 #BlackLivesMatter members who were peacefully protesting at the Mall of America on December 20, 2014. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO statement on February Budget Forecast

Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement on today’s state budget surplus forecast of $1.9 billion:

“Nearly two years ago, Governor Mark Dayton and DFL legislators passed a budget that erased a long-term deficit while investing in jobs and education by asking the richest Minnesotans to pay their fair share in taxes. read more »

Labor backs legislation ensuring workers are paid what they earn

Addressing a large, but rarely talked about problem, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced today that it was partnering with lawmakers and workers on legislation to crack down on wage theft. read more »

Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Minnesota AFL-CIO Shar Knutson issued the following statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address: read more »

State continues to post budget surpluses despite years of Republican fear mongering

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement on today’s state budget forecast:

“Minnesotans learned today that their state government continues to be on sound financial and economic ground. read more »