• CWA-NABET Members Demonstrate fot a Fair Contract
  • Veterans for Employee Free Choice Act, Moorhead, MN May 2009 Western Area Labor Council
  • Paul Sutherland, BCTGM Member, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • Employee Free Choice Act forum with Minnesota Nurses Association and Workers Interfaith Network
  • AFGE Transportation Security Officers with Senator Franken
  • Laura Askelin calling Members of Congress for health insurance reform
  • Working America Jobs Roundtable December 2009

Workers' Rights

2014 Political Endorsements

The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed the following candidates for the 2014 Primary & General Elections. An endorsement from the Minnesota AFL-CIO means that the candidate has a strong commitment to supporting the values and priorities of working people. 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 »

Franken: Corporations must give workers and retirees fair treatment in bankruptcy

U.S. Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation today to curb abuses that deprive employees and retirees of their earnings and retirement savings when businesses collapse. 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 »

Sens. Franken, Kirk Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Keep Costs Down for Employers & Workers

Senators Introduce Bill to Help Make “Reinsurance” Program More Fair

U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) are proposing a bipartisan plan to provide relief to employers and workers and keep costs down for businesses throughout the country.  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 »

Minnesota AFL-CIO 2014 Legislative Agenda

Top Priorities:

WAGES, JOBS, EDUCATION, BUDGET, DIGNITY IN THE WORKPLACE

INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE 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 »

Sen. Franken leads letter raising serious concerns on Fast Track

Minnesota Senator Al Franken lead 11 of is Senate colleagues in a latter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing deep concerns on granting the President so-called "fast track" authority on trade agreements.

The letter calls for increased Congressional oversight for trade deals, stronger enforcement for currency manipulation, better labor and environmental controls, and increasing American competitiveness, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

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