Press releases

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 »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Statement on 2014 Election

Following the 2014 election, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:

“Despite a massive Republican wave that swept the nation, a majority of Minnesota voters re-elected working families champions Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, and Congressman Rick Nolan. read more »

Election for governor a clear choice between Dayton’s continued prosperity or Johnson’s extreme failed policies

Following Tuesday’s primary election, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

Interior Department and AFL-CIO’s Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Sign Agreement to Restore Minnesota National Parks and Other Public Lands

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Interior and the AFL-CIO affiliated Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding announcing national park revitalization efforts in eight states, including Minnesota, through the USA’s all-volunteer “Work Boots on the Ground” program. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO announces more legislative endorsements

In its third round of 2014 endorsements, the Minnesota AFL-CIO has thrown its support to an additional 46 State House candidates, include House Speaker Paul Thissen.  read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO hires Bill Breon to coordinate union member candidate recruitment

In a new effort to support union members running for public office and ensure working Minnesotans have more voice in local government affairs, the Minnesota AFL-CIO has hired Bill Breon as the state labor federation’s Path to Power Coordinator. read more »

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 »