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Working people can’t afford to go backwards with Tim Pawlenty
April 5, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Tim Pawlenty’s entry into the 2018 race for governor: “After eight years as governor, Tim Pawlenty left Minnesota worse off than when...
State of the State Address: Governor Dayton has been a champion for working Minnesotans and their families
March 14, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement following Governor Mark Dayton’s final State of the State address: “For the last seven years, Governor Dayton has been a champion for...
Minnesota AFL-CIO makes first round of 2018 political endorsements
March 6, 2018
The Minnesota AFL-CIO, the state federation of more than 1,000 affiliated unions announced its first round of endorsements for the 2018 election. The labor federation’s general board voted to endorse Amy...
Invest Surplus in Working People
February 28, 2018
The State of Minnesota today reported a budget surplus of $329 million. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy made the following statement: “Today’s announcement is the ninth budget surplus under Governor...
Candidates for governor vie for labor support at state AFL-CIO forum
February 18, 2018
The four leading DFL candidates for governor made their pitch to union activists from across Minnesota today at a forum in St. Paul, promising to support working people and their organizations if elected....
2017 Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Report
February 9, 2018
Before the 2018 session of the Minnesota Legislature kicks off, we prepared a report on how our state legislators voted on issues important to working Minnesotans. This report provides descriptions of Labor’s...
2018 Precinct Caucus Information
January 23, 2018
Minnesota’s Precinct Caucuses are Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions and sample resolutions to help you show your support for working families. Who can...
State's union membership increase shows working Minnesotans are demanding a voice at work
January 19, 2018
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today showing Minnesota’s union membership rate rose from 14.2% of the overall workforce in 2016 to 15.2% in 2017 – an increase of 46,000 working...
Thanks to Governor Dayton, Minnesota doesn’t need to wait for job creating infrastructure
January 16, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s 2018 infrastructure proposal: “While Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress delay and play lip...
Minnesota AFL-CIO congratulates Tina Smith on her appointment to the US Senate
December 13, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Lt. Governor Tina Smith’s appointment to the United States Senate: “Tina Smith in the United States Senate is good news for working...
Sexual harassment should never be tolerated at the Capitol or any workplace
November 9, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy responded to the recent news of allegations of sexual harassment at the Minnesota Capitol: “The reports of sexual harassment at the Minnesota State Capitol, a place...
Vote for Labor-endorsed candidates & ballot questions on November 7
November 5, 2017
November 7 is election day in cities and school districts across Minnesota. Minnesota’s Area Labor Councils and Regional Labor Federations have endorsed many candidates and ballot questions. We need elected...
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...
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