Press releases

Minnesota celebrates Apprenticeship Week with expansion into manufacturing

As the U.S. Department of Labor marks the first ever “Apprenticeship Week,” Minnesota is expanding apprenticeships into manufacturing. Minnesota is one of just three states partnering the AFL-CIO’s Working for America Institute and the Department of Labor to implement the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) apprenticeship program. read more »

Bill Hansen Owes Minnesota Construction Workers an Apology

Responding to House District 3A candidate Bill Hansen’s recent insulting and uninformed comments about so called “short term” construction jobs leading to “man camps, crime, prostitution, and gambling,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

Minnesota to Benefit from New Department of Labor Grants for Apprenticeship Programs

The Minnesota AFL-CIO applauds the Department of Labor for awarding millions of dollars in grant money to support registered apprenticeship programs across the country, including the newly-formed Minnesota Regional Training Partnership. read more »

Bill McCarthy Elected President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board today elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next President. McCarthy, currently Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation President, will be sworn in October 13 to succeed retiring President Shar Knutson. read more »

Statement on Supreme Court’s Grant of Certification in Friedrichs v. CTA

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a challenge on collective bargaining rights. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seeks to overturn the 35-year old Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fair share fees from non-members to cover the costs associated with representation.  read more »

Shar Knutson to Retire as Minnesota AFL-CIO President in October

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson announced that she will retire on October 9, 2015. Knutson, the first woman to serve as Minnesota AFL-CIO President, has led the 300,000 member labor federation since 2009. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Peggy Flanagan in House District 46A Special Election

The Minnesota AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Peggy Flanagan in the special election for Minnesota House District 46A. The seat is being vacated by Representative Ryan Winkler, who recently resigned. The primary will take place on August 11 and the general election will be held on November 3. read more »

GOP obstruction lead to missed opportunities to build an even better Minnesota

As the Minnesota Legislature finished their 2015 work, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

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 »