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VIDEO: Pregnant Mom Discusses TPP Food Safety Fears
May 6, 2016
As Mother’s Day approaches, the AFL-CIO released a video featuring a pregnant mom who’s concerned that the secrecy around food labeling and regulations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could negatively...
Trump Seems to Be Fine with Outsourcing to "Right to Work" States
May 4, 2016
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement and outsourcing in his Hoosier primary victory speech, which was typically long on style and short on substance. “We’re going to ...
Friedrichs is history (maybe), but Minnesota workers aren’t letting their guard down
May 3, 2016
Labor History Month kicked off in St. Paul last night with a discussion of history in the making, as panelists offered insight into public-sector workers’ recent push to breath new life into their unions and...
Hospital workers take a stand for paid sick time
May 3, 2016
Nurses and hospital workers today added their voices to the call for guaranteed access to earned sick and safe time for all workers, urging members of the Minneapolis City Council to take up a robust citywide...
Job Opening: Bi-Lingual Spanish External Organizer, BCTGM Local 22
April 29, 2016
The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) Local 22 is seeking a full-time Bi-Lingual, Spanish speaking External Organizer. The applicant would and support and lead diverse...
Negotiations stall at Mayo Clinic hospital in Albert Lea
April 20, 2016
Workers at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea Hospital held an informational picket to protest management proposals that they say would set back employees, the hospital and the community. Monday’s picketing...
NLRB backs workers at Trustone Credit Union
April 17, 2016
TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union broke the law when it closed two branch offices staffed by union employees, reopened two new branches nearby, and then declared the new locations would be non-union....
Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota
April 6, 2016
Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op. Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food...
AFSCME members defend public services during annual lobbying day
April 5, 2016
No one knows more about public services in Minnesota than the workers who deliver them, and state lawmakers had access to an abundance of wisdom today during AFSCME Council 5’s annual lobbying blitz. “The...
Lawmakers urged to keep passenger rail on track
April 5, 2016
A small investment by state lawmakers today could move passenger rail between the Twin Cities and Duluth closer to reality – and strengthen Minnesota’s entire transportation system, unions and other supporters...
Drazkowski threatens to derail state contracts with Right to Work ‘poison pill’
April 1, 2016
It’s fair to say state Rep. Steve Drazkowski has a reputation for advancing extreme ideas. He’s supported logging in Minnesota’s state parks and eliminating the Pay Equity Act, even floated the idea of ...
Faculty blast U’s attempt to delay union vote with legal appeal
March 31, 2016
The University of Minnesota is asking the state Court of Appeals to slow down a historic union-organizing effort among faculty at the Twin Cities campus. Union supporters today branded the university’s...
Iron Range communities get good news
March 27, 2016
Communities on Minnesota’s Iron Range got some good news when lawmakers approved an extension of jobless benefits for thousands of laid-off workers and two mining companies announced they would resume...
Private prison debate raises issues of race, justice
March 22, 2016
Issues of race, poverty and justice bubbled to the surface in an emotional hearing Tuesday over legislation to re-open a privately run state prison in Appleton, Minn. After several protesters disrupted the...
TPP Video: Zahara Heckscher tells her story
March 22, 2016
Students urge lawmakers to recognize Capitol workers
March 17, 2016
Six Owatonna public school students testified before state lawmakers Thursday, urging them to authorize a memorial plaque recognizing the scores of workers who built the state Capitol – including six who died...
Senate Should Schedule Hearing and Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland
March 16, 2016
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court: "Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S...
Governor Dayton’s budget invests in working families
March 15, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s 2016 supplemental budget proposal: “Governor Dayton should be commended for submitting a budget plan that...
Family and medical leave bill clears first hurdle in Legislature
March 14, 2016
Legislation to provide Minnesota workers with paid family and medical leave benefits cleared its first committee hurdle Monday, but the proposal faces concerted opposition from some businesses. The proposal,...
Statement on the death of former Congressman Martin Sabo
March 13, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement of the death of former Congressman Martin Olav Sabo: “For nearly five decades, Martin Sabo epitomized what holding elected office in...
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