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Anti-worker 'insanity' could happen here, Iowa leader warns
October 12, 2017
Danny Homan says he’d give up his right arm to not have to tell AFSCME Council 5 members the story he was about to tell.“This hurts,” he says. “What they have done to public employees in Iowa, 184,000 of them...
UFCW Local 653 Linden Hills Co-op Workers Ratify First Union Contract
October 9, 2017
Linden Hills Co-op workers in Minneapolis, who are members of UFCW Local 653, ratified their first union contract on Sept. 26. The three-year contract, which began on October 1, includes raises for all...
Minnesota AFL-CIO: Time for Republicans to come back to the negotiating table
July 19, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement in response to today’s Ramsey County District Court decision: “Working Minnesotans applaud Governor Dayton’s move to appeal today’s...
Minnesotans share concerns about threats to health care
July 12, 2017
A cross-section of Minnesotans, including families dealing with serious medical issues, nurses and people of faith, gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to share their concerns about ongoing threats to...
Working people are controlling their own destinies
July 7, 2017
By William McCarthy & Chelsie Glaubitz GabiouJuly is an important month for tens of thousands of Minneapolis workers. Thanks to a local policy initiative, every working person in Minneapolis is now earning...
Solidarity puts historic referendum campaign in North Branch over the top
July 6, 2017
We all do better when we work together. That’s the lesson teachers and support staff in the North Branch Area Schools learned from the district’s first successful referendum campaign in at least 15 years. And...
Minnesota AFL-CIO applauds Governor Dayton’s decision to bring lawmakers back to the negotiating table
May 30, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement responding to Governor Mark Dayton’s decision to bring lawmakers back to the negotiating table: “Working people across the state echo...
Minnesota AFL-CIO calls on Governor Dayton to veto E-12 bill
May 26, 2017
Citing the unprecedented attack on union members’ professional standards and workplace protections, the Minnesota AFL-CIO is calling on Governor Mark Dayton to veto the E-12 finance bill and send lawmakers...
VIDEO: Support Workers. Protect Local Control
May 22, 2017
Minnesota Legislators passed a bad bill that would steal paid sick days from 150,000 working Minnesotans and prevent communities from raising wages and labor standards at the local level.Before it heads to...
Local elected officials urge Governor Dayton to veto so-called “preemption bill”
May 4, 2017
Local elected officials from Twin Cities suburbs came to the State Capitol today to urge Governor Mark Dayton to veto legislation that would strip local government’s authority to raise labor standards for...
Minnesota AFL-CIO names Bethany Winkels as Campaigns Director
May 2, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy announced that Bethany Winkels has been named Campaigns Director. Winkels, the federation’s Field Director since February of 2016, succeeds Kris Fredson who is taking...
Franklin Street Bakery workers aid food shelf, seek justice on the job
March 22, 2017
Franklin Street Bakery workers donated more than $1,000 from their “Taste of Justice” event to a local food shelf and called on their employer to sign a neutrality agreement so they can unionize to improve...
Paid parental leave: Will legislators vote to support families?
March 8, 2017
With time running out in this year’s legislative session, workers urged lawmakers to make permanent a policy that provides up to six weeks of paid parental leave for state employees who have babies or adopt...
Unions gaining public favor, losing ground in workplace
March 7, 2017
Union members are becoming increasingly scarce in the U.S. labor force. It’s a trend that continued in 2016, when union density fell from 11.1 to 10.7 percent of the total workforce, according to federal...
Statement on the February 2017 State Budget Forecast
February 28, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the February 2017 state budget forecast that projected a budget surplus increase from $1.4 billion to $1.65 billion: “Minnesota’s...
Linden Hills Co-op workers vote to unionize with UFCW Local 653
February 24, 2017
Workers at Linden Hills Co-op won their election yesterday to form a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 653. 85% of workers voted in favor of unionization. “We are excited to begin the...
Organizing drive pays off for big-box janitors with landmark first contract
February 22, 2017
What’s the value of a union contract? For nearly 500 retail janitors in the Twin Cities, who made history last year by forming the industry’s first metro-wide union, it’s a cool $4.5 million in wage increases...
People of Color Union Members speak out against Right to Work
February 21, 2017
Concerned that the Trump administration and Republican majorities in the Minnesota Legislature intend to pass Right to Work laws, members of the People of Color Union Members caucus are speaking out. POCUM...
Expert urges Minneapolis to maintain its leadership on wage issues
February 21, 2017
Minneapolis is in the spotlight as elected officials grapple with the question of raising the city’s minimum wage – and workers across the country are watching, a national expert on the restaurant industry...
Workers, businesses back proposal to stop wage theft
February 15, 2017
Workers and communities suffer – and businesses face unfair competition – when companies cheat their employees through wage theft, advocates said Wednesday at the state Capitol. They called on the Legislature...
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