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2019 Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Report
October 15, 2019
We've run the numbers and tallied the votes. Find out how your legislator voted on issues important to working Minnesotans. View the 2019 Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Report
2019 Legislative Session a win for working Minnesotans
May 25, 2019
Much work remains for 2020 and beyond The Minnesota Legislature’s 2019 work came to a close on Saturday morning with significant gains for working people but much work remaining when lawmakers return next...
Minnesota Legislature Agrees to One of the Strongest Anti-Wage Theft Laws in the Nation
May 24, 2019
Following the news that a historic bill addressing the wage theft crisis in Minnesota was agreed to as part of the final budget negotiations, the Minnesota Coalition to End Wage Theft released the following...
Thank Governor Walz for Standing #WithThePeople
May 12, 2019
It’s crunch time for the 2019 Legislative Session. Governor Walz is deep in negotiations advocating for policies that will benefit working Minnesotans from all places and backgrounds. He needs to know we have...
Statement on Governor Walz’s 2019 State of the State Address
April 3, 2019
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement responding the Governor Tim Walz’s 2019 State of the State address: “Governor Walz made a strong case this evening for a state budget...
Invest budget surplus in working Minnesotans
December 6, 2018
St. Paul – Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on today’s state budget forecast showing a $1.544 billion budget surplus and an additional $2 billion in reserve: “Following...
Working Minnesotans propel Labor-endorsed candidates to victory
November 7, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement responding to the 2018 election results: “A record number of Minnesotans sent a clear message yesterday by electing the full slate of...
2018 Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorsements
September 24, 2018
The following candidates have been endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO for the 2018 election. Visit www.mnvotes.org to check your registration, register to vote, and find out where you vote. Check this page...
2018 Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Report
September 13, 2018
Every Minnesota House seat is on the ballot this year. We prepared a report on how our state legislators voted on issues important to working Minnesotans. This report provides descriptions of Labor’s...
UFCW Local 653 & UFCW Local 1161 union members vote to merge locals and become largest UFCW Local in five state area
August 27, 2018
Union members from United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 653 and 1161 voted to build a better life together by overwhelmingly approving a merger vote. The union merger creates the largest UFCW Local in the...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Keith Ellison for Attorney General
August 16, 2018
The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board voted unanimously to endorse Congressman Keith Ellison for Attorney General. “Throughout his entire career, Keith Ellison has fiercely defended workers’ freedom to organize...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Tim Walz for Governor & Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor
August 16, 2018
The General Board of the Minnesota AFL-CIO voted unanimously today to endorse Congressman Tim Walz for Governor and State Representative Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor in this November’s election. “Minnesota’...
Minnesota AFL-CIO congratulates working Missourians for defeating “Right to Work”
August 7, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the rejection of Proposition A, the so-called “Right to Work” law in Missouri tonight: “Tonight’s election result in Missouri is a...
Workers remain united despite Supreme Court decision
June 27, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned four decades of precedent and sound law, making it harder for working people to join together in strong unions to build better lives for families and communities...
June 23: Pledge to Vote for Labor Endorsed Candidates
June 18, 2018
On June 23, union members across Minnesota are making a commitment to vote for candidates this November who will fight to protect our freedom to join together. We want to show all candidates and the public...
In the Face of Janus, AFL-CIO Launches Ad Campaign in Minnesota & Nationwide Calling on Working People to Organize
May 29, 2018
The AFL-CIO today announced a major, national print and digital ad campaign calling on workers to join together in the face of continued corporate assaults on the freedom to join together in union. An open...
Standing with working people, Governor Dayton vetoes corporate tax giveaways
May 23, 2018
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s vetoes of the omnibus tax and budget bills: “As he has done for nearly eight years, Governor Dayton once again...
New Report Names Minnesota the 31st Most Dangerous Place for Working People
April 26, 2018
According to a new report released today by the AFL-CIO, Minnesota had the 31st highest rate of workplace deaths in 2016. This analysis, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that 92...
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...
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