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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...
Wage theft gains attention in Congress, courts
March 13, 2016
The growing problem of wage theft is gaining attention in the U.S. Congress and in Minnesota courts, where a company owner was recently convicted of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from workers. Earlier...
Statement on Governor Dayton’s 2016 State of the State Address
March 9, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s 2016 State of the State address: “Governor Dayton has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that Minnesota...
Do You Know Where Your Nabisco Treats are Made?
March 8, 2016
BCTGM members working at Nabisco plants throughout the U.S. take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans’ lives for more than 50 years. Today the BCTGM has...
Coalition Calls on Legislature to Pass Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
March 7, 2016
Today, Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave, a statewide coalition of working families, faith communities, labor and nonprofit organizations, showed their support for the 2016 Paid Family and Medical Leave Act,...
Bethany Winkels joins Minnesota AFL-CIO as Field & Member Development Director
February 29, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy today announced that Bethany Winkels will serve as Field and Member Development Director. Bethany brings her background in legislative, electoral, and organizing...
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...
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