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Minnesota AFL-CIO urges lawmakers not to squander surplus on tax giveaways to corporations and the rich
February 26, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the report showing the state budget surplus had decreased from $1.2 billion to $900 million: “While slower economic growth has...
Minnesota AFL-CIO announces first round of 2016 political endorsements
February 25, 2016
The Minnesota AFL-CIO announced its first round of endorsements for the 2016 election cycle, today. The Minnesota AFL-CIO’s General Board, consisting of representatives of affiliate unions throughout the...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Angie Craig for Congress
February 22, 2016
DFL Second Congressional District candidate Angie Craig announced today that the Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsed her campaign for Congress. “I am so proud to be endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the thousands...
Labor Commission on race hears strong message from workers of color
February 19, 2016
Local union members of color delivered a strong message to the visiting Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice: Hear us. Help us. Include us. To ensure a future for the labor movement, support us on a...
Pay Equity report now available online
February 18, 2016
Pay Equity: The Minnesota Experience Message from the Director A question to ponder: if the law of the land has been “equal pay for equal work” since the 1960s, why is there still a gender pay gap? Because...
2016 Legislative Priorities
February 18, 2016
PROTECT PROGRESSIVE REVENUE SOURCES Legislators should act cautiously in the 2016 legislative session and keep revenues strong to continue improving Minnesota’s economy. We will work to ensure progressive and...
2016 Precinct Caucus Information
February 18, 2016
Minnesota’s Precinct Caucuses are Tuesday, March 1. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions and sample resolutions to help you show your support for working families. Who can participate in the...
Community backs St. Paul teachers’ call for progress in contract talks
February 17, 2016
Parents, students and community members rallied with members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers outside school buildings across the city this morning, demanding progress in contract talks between SPFT and...
Retail cleaners recover over $400,000 through lawsuit
February 16, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - Non-union janitors who are sub-contracted to clean Macy’s and Herberger’s stores announced a settlement Tuesday for $425,000 in back wages and damages as part of a class action lawsuit against...
Hamline University Adjuncts Vote Overwhelmingly To Ratify First Union Contract
February 15, 2016
St. Paul – Adjunct faculty at Hamline University voted to ratify their historic first contract with the University on Friday evening after a full day of voting. The contract, reached in December, was called a...
Officers urge transit workers to reject contract offer
February 10, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - The executive board of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 is recommending that members vote “no” and reject a “final” contract offer from Metro Transit in balloting that will take place this...
White House summit lifts up Minnesota worker success stories
February 9, 2016
When President Obama called a Worker Voice Summit at the White House last October, he pledged his administration would hold regional summits across the country in 2016 to continue the conversation about common...
Stop the TPP
February 8, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will put Americans out of work, destroy environmental protections and increase prescription drug prices. Call Congress and tell them to oppose the TPP. CALL CONGRESS at 1-855-...
Ice shanty project showcases artistry of trades workers
February 7, 2016
WHITE BEAR LAKE - “Welcome to the Boiler Room Shanty, celebrating the people and pipes that keep us warm!” With those words, Clara Schiller greets visitors to her shanty on While Bear Lake. But it’s not the...
Nurses rally as negotiations open with Allina hospitals
February 7, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association rallied in solidarity Saturday as 6,000 registered nurses represented by the MNA enter negotiations with the Allina hospital system. The Allina nurses...
Community support gives North Branch teachers momentum as contract talks resume
February 5, 2016
North Branch teachers rallied with supporters on back-to-back days this week, sending a clear message to school board members and administrators before contract negotiations resumed today. “We’re not in this...
NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers
January 29, 2016
An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected...
Minnesota Union Membership Held Steady in 2015
January 28, 2016
St. Paul – Minnesota’s union membership rate held steady at 14.2 percent of the workforce in 2015 with 363,000 working Minnesotans belonging to a union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual survey of...
Transit union cites lack of progress in contract talks
January 26, 2016
Nearly six months past a July 31, 2015 contract expiration date, protracted negotiations continue for a new contract between Metro Transit and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005. Negotiators from both sides...
New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda
January 21, 2016
Marking nearly one year since the first-ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people. The report,...
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