Press releases

Minnesota AFL-CIO names Todd Dahlstrom as Organizing/Growth Director

In an effort to assist affiliate unions in extending membership to more working Minnesotans, the Minnesota AFL-CIO has hired Todd Dahlstrom as the state labor federation’s Director of Organizing and Growth. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO announces second round of endorsements

Labor federation backs candidates for Secretary of State, Congress, and the Legislature

In its second round of 2014 endorsements, the Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsed State Representative Steve Simon for Secretary of State, Congressman Colin Peterson and Sharon Sund for the United States House and a number of candidates for the Minnesota House. read more »

Legislators leave Capitol with much accomplished for working Minnesotans

The 2014 legislative session drew to an early close with much accomplished for Minnesota’s working families.

“Be it the first minimum wage increase in a decade, a job-creating infrastructure package, or leveling the economic playing field for women; Governor Dayton and DFL lawmakers delivered for Minnesota’s working families this year,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. “The last two years have been filled with major steps toward building a better Minnesota.” read more »

REPORT: 150 Americans Die Each Day Due to Workplace Injury or Disease

According to a report released today by the AFL-CIO, 4,628 workers were killed in the United States during 2012 due to workplace injuries. Additionally an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of nearly 150 workers each day from preventable workplace conditions. read more »

State moving forward under Governor Dayton & DFL Legislature

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

“Thanks to leadership from Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature, Minnesota is moving forward into a new era of shared prosperity. More people are going back to work, schools are beginning to get the resources they need, more Minnesotans have affordable health care, taxes are fairer, and wages are going up. read more »

Report: Minnesota CEOs Paid 127 Times More than the Average Worker

2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy

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According to the AFL-CIO’s 2014 Executive PayWatch website, the average CEO of a company based in Minnesota made $5,725,683, 127 times more than the $44,932 earned by the average Minnesota private sector worker.

This year, the highest paid CEO in the state of Minnesota is Gregg W. Steinhafel of Target. He makes 595 times more than the average worker in Minnesota.  read more »

Expanded surplus is great news, lawmakers should invest with caution

Today, Minnesotans learned the state’s financial health continues to improve. Finance officials announced that Minnesota’s budget is running a $1.23 billion surplus, a $400 million improvement from November. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Thanks to smart leadership from Governor Dayton and DFL majorities in the House and Senate, Minnesota is bouncing back from a decade of deficits, cuts, and economic stagnation. We’re creating new jobs, incomes are growing, and we’re investing in middle class priorities again. read more »

Minnesota’s Union Workforce Grows in 2013

New federal numbers come as Politico ranks Minnesota “2nd strongest state” in the country

In its annual report of union membership, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found Minnesota’s union membership increased by 11,000 in 2013. Minnesota now has an estimated 362,000 union members, 14.3% of the overall workforce. The uptick in membership moves Minnesota from the 13th to 11th most unionized state in the country. read more »

Governor’s Jobs Bill Will Help Minnesota’s Economy to Continue Expanding

Governor Mark Dayton announced a $986 million jobs and infrastructure proposal today to keep Minnesota’s economy moving in the right direction. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Nearly every economic indicator shows that Minnesota’s economy is not only in full recovery, but growing.  read more »

With State on Sound Financial Ground, Time for All Minnesotans to Share in Prosperity

Today, Minnesota budget officials announced a surplus that pays back the entire school shift and all other past budget shifts, leaving the state with an $825 million surplus. 

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response:

“Under the leadership of Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature, Minnesota is now investing in schools and job creation, making taxes fair, and growing the economy. Today’s news shows how honest budgeting, progressive taxes, and targeted investments lead to prosperity. read more »