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2020 Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorsements
July 30, 2020
The following candidates have been endorsed by the national AFL-CIO and Minnesota AFL-CIO. Candidates endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO have demonstrated a firm commitment to protecting working Minnesotans’...
Senate GOP’s move on Labor Commissioner a slap in the face to working Minnesotans
August 12, 2020
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the Minnesota Senate’s removal of Nancy Leppink as Commissioner of Labor & Industry: “Senate Republicans’ sudden action to remove...
Minnesota AFL-CIO advocating for union members and all working people
August 10, 2020
On Wednesday, August 12, Governor Walz will call the Minnesota House and Senate back for a special session to extend the state’s ongoing COVID-19 peacetime emergency. While many Minnesotans’ eyes will be...
Minnesota AFL-CIO helping to empower workers to report unsafe conditions
August 3, 2020
The Labor Movement’s long history is populated with fights for safer working conditions and workplace safety laws. The COVID-19 pandemic has put worker safety back in the spotlight as working people across...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Makes Additional 2020 Election Endorsements
July 30, 2020
The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board recently took action on the state Labor Federation’s next round of 2020 election endorsements for both Congress and the Minnesota Legislature. “The fallout from the COVID-...
Statement on the end of the July Special Legislative Session
July 21, 2020
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the Legislature’s adjournment of this month’s special session: “We commend lawmakers for joining together to take the first step...
Minnesota AFL-CIO makes first round of 2020 legislative endorsements
June 24, 2020
The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board recently took action on the state Labor Federation’s first round of 2020 election endorsements for the Minnesota House & Senate. “As Minnesota faces the continued...
Unsafe Working Conditions Due to COVID-19? Learn About Your Right to Refuse
June 8, 2020
Minnesota’s Labor Movement is ready to stand with workers, both union and non-union, across the state to know their rights and enforce Gov. Walz’s Executive Order. Gov. Walz's Order gives you the freedom to...
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...
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