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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...
Linden Hills Co-op workers submit cards for union election
February 9, 2017
An overwhelming 80% of Linden Hills Co-op employees signed and submitted cards to the NLRB today to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 653. Linden Hills workers hope to follow...
Workers to give Franklin Street Bakery owners a ‘taste of justice’
January 27, 2017
Fighting hunger is a worthy cause, but workers at a local bakery say their bosses should start by paying them a living wage. Workers at Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis are planning “A Taste of Justice”...
Educators challenge tax breaks for private school donations
January 26, 2017
Calling it a “back-door voucher plan,” educators and allies are challenging a bill introduced in the 2017 Legislature that would give people tax credits for private school tuition and allow corporations and...
Labor Secretary nomination draws nationwide protests
January 26, 2017
Workers and their allies demonstrated in St. Paul and in cities across the country Thursday to protest the nomination of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. They also...
Poultry workers step up campaign against unsafe conditions
January 25, 2017
Central Minnesota poultry plant workers stepped up their efforts to get management to address what they say are unsafe working conditions, demonstrating Wednesday outside the headquarters of GNP Co., the...
Minnesota union members marched against Trump in droves. Here’s why
January 17, 2017
Dressed in hard hats and union colors, union members were among the estimated 100,000 people who joined the Women’s March in Minnesota one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, capping three days of protests...
Jobs Bill Puts Working Minnesotans First
January 4, 2017
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Dayton’s $1.5 billion jobs bill: “As we have come to expect, Governor Dayton has started the Legislative session by putting...
Budget Forecast an Opportunity
December 2, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the November 2016 state budget forecast that projected a $1.4 billion surplus and stable economic growth: “The budget forecast is...
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