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Minnesota’s CEOs Paid 305 Times More Than the Average Worker
May 13, 2015
According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, Minnesota S&P 500 CEOs made an average of $13.9 million in 2014 – 305 times more than the average worker. The highest paid Minnesota CEO, Target...
House GOP’s “Jobs” bill will lower & freeze wages, hurt job creation
April 22, 2015
Today the Minnesota House passed legislation that Republicans called a “jobs bill.” Looking closer at the legislation, it’s clear that it will hurt working Minnesotans. “From lowering and freezing the minimum...
Statement on Governor Dayton’s State of the State Address
April 9, 2015
Following Governor Mark Dayton’s annual State of the State Address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: “Since taking office, Governor Dayton has provided the strong...
Governor’s Jobs Bill will further strengthen Minnesota’s economy
April 7, 2015
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his proposed jobs and infrastructure bill. The proposal would build and improve public infrastructure like MnSCU and U of M classrooms and buildings, roads, parks, and...
Labor applauds Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Minneapolis Working Families Agenda
April 2, 2015
In her State of the City Address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced a bold working families policy agenda. In her speech, Mayor Hodges called for fair and predictable scheduling for shift workers,...
Minnesota AFL-CIO statement on February Budget Forecast
February 27, 2015
Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement on today’s state budget surplus forecast of $1.9 billion: “Nearly two years ago, Governor Mark Dayton and DFL legislators...
Workers, Legislators Support Bill to Modernize Workplace Scheduling Laws
February 19, 2015
Looking to ensure workers have a voice in how much and when they work, a coalition of worker advocacy groups, social justice organizations, labor unions and workers joined together with Rep. Rena Moran today...
Labor backs legislation ensuring workers are paid what they earn
February 11, 2015
Addressing a large, but rarely talked about problem, the Minnesota AFL-CIO announced today that it was partnering with lawmakers and workers on legislation to crack down on wage theft. “Whether it’s an extra...
Register today for the MN Union Women's Retreat
February 3, 2015
Registration is now open for Labor Education Service's Minnesota Union Women's Retreat happening April 22-24, 2015 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in Brainerd Lakes Area. Register today! Scholarships are...
Support Nellie Stone Johnson bust at the Capitol
December 10, 2014
Together we can help labor establish its rightful place in our Capitol We have the opportunity to permanently remind Capitol visitors, including school children, of the important role labor has played in our...
State continues to post budget surpluses despite years of Republican fear mongering
December 4, 2014
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement on today’s state budget forecast: “Minnesotans learned today that their state government continues to be on sound financial and economic...
Minnesota AFL-CIO Statement on 2014 Election
November 5, 2014
Following the 2014 election, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: “Despite a massive Republican wave that swept the nation, a majority of Minnesota voters re-elected working...
2014 Voting Checklist
October 19, 2014
Election day is Tuesday, November 4. Do you have everything you need to be able to exercise your right to vote? First, check your voter registration status. Already registered? Great, find your polling place...
Minnesota AFL-CIO names Todd Dahlstrom as Organizing/Growth Director
July 16, 2014
In an effort to assist affiliate unions in extending membership to more working Minnesotans, the Minnesota AFL-CIO has hired Todd Dahlstrom as the state labor federation’s Director of Organizing and Growth. “...
Legislators leave Capitol with much accomplished for working Minnesotans
May 16, 2014
The 2014 legislative session drew to an early close with much accomplished for Minnesota’s working families. “Be it the first minimum wage increase in a decade, a job-creating infrastructure package, or...
State moving forward under Governor Dayton & DFL Legislature
April 30, 2014
Following Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: “Thanks to leadership from Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature,...
Statement on State Minimum Wage Increase
April 10, 2014
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement after the Legislature sent a $9.50, inflation indexed, minimum wage bill to Governor Dayton’s desk: “It’s a great week for all...
Minimum Wage Agreement Announced!
April 8, 2014
In response to today’s agreement between the House and Senate on legislation to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016 and to make future upward adjustments to reflect the cost of living, Raise the...
Labor 2010 Endorsed State Office Candidates
October 21, 2010
Want to find out where you vote? Check out our online voter guide at www.middleclassmn.org Constitutional Officer Endorsements Governor & Lieutenant Governor Mark Dayton & Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL...
Workers testify at House Hearing on Unemployment Services
August 11, 2009
The Minnesota House Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division met on Tuesday, August 10 to hear from unemployed workers about problems and barriers they face while using the...
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