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Minnesota AFL-CIO Applauds Governor Walz’s Executive Order Protecting Workers from Retaliation
May 13, 2020
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement in response to Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order protecting workers who report safety issues from employer retaliation: “As Minnesota’...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Responds to State Budget Forecast
May 5, 2020
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement in response to the news that Minnesota is facing a $2.4 billion budget deficit: “As expected, COVID-19 has sent Minnesota’s state budget...
Safety First: Working People's Plan for Reopening the Economy the Right Way
May 2, 2020
Every day, health care workers, transit workers, meatpacking workers, first responders, grocery workers, utility workers, letter carriers, construction workers, doormen, retail workers, child protective...
Minnesota AFL-CIO endorses Craig, McCollum, Omar, and Phillips for Reelection
April 9, 2020
The Minnesota AFL-CIO today announced the state labor federation’s general board has endorsed Representatives Angie Craig, Betty McCollum, Ilhan Omar, and Dean Phillips for reelection this fall. “The COVID-19...
Walz providing decisive leadership & delivering for working Minnesotans in a time of crisis
April 5, 2020
Responding to Governor Tim Walz’s State of the State address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy made the following statement: “In a time of crisis and uncertainty, Governor Tim Walz is showing the...
Leave No Worker Behind
March 18, 2020
With rapidly changing news, the COVID-19 pandemic has working Minnesotans on edge. These tough times remind us that no matter what we look like, where we live, or what's in our wallets, at our core we’re all...
Minnesota AFL-CIO makes first round of 2020 election endorsements
March 11, 2020
The Minnesota AFL-CIO released its first round of endorsements for the 2020 election. The state labor federation’s general board voted to endorse U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Seventh District Congressman Collin...
Protect Minnesota's Wage Theft Law
February 26, 2020
Last year, Minnesota’s Labor Movement joined with community partners and lawmakers to pass the strongest protections against wage theft in the nation. By passing this bill, we made it clear that bosses who...
2020 Precinct Caucus Resolutions & Information
February 11, 2020
Minnesota’s Precinct Caucuses are Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. at locations near your home determined by each political party. It’s important for union members to show up and be represented in Minnesota’...
Minnesota AFL-CIO 2020 Legislative Priorities
February 11, 2020
The Minnesota AFL-CIO represents the shared voice, values, and priorities of our state’s Labor Movement. We believe that no matter where we come from, what we look like, or how we pray; all working people...
Information for Legislative Candidates Seeking Endorsement
January 16, 2020
Thank you for your interest in screening for the Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsement. The Minnesota AFL-CIO is a key part of the nation’s largest and strongest labor federation – the AFL-CIO. The AFL- CIO which...
Working Minnesotans support Governor Walz’s historic Local Jobs & Projects Plan
January 15, 2020
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement in support of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s historic Local Jobs and Projects Plan, which would invest more than $2...
November Forecast: Invest in Working Minnesotans
December 5, 2019
Responding to Minnesota’s November Budget Forecast reporting a $1.3 billion state budget forecast, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement: “The November forecast is proof that...
December 2: Labor Standards Briefing
November 26, 2019
In partnership with the Minnesota AFL-CIO, labor standards agencies in Minnesota invite you to participate in a December 2, 2019, informational webinar. Agency presenters will cover who they are, how best to...
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...
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