Statement on Supreme Court’s Grant of Certification in Friedrichs v. CTA

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear a challenge on collective bargaining rights. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seeks to overturn the 35-year old Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling that allows public sector unions to collect fair share fees from non-members to cover the costs associated with representation.  read more »

Shar Knutson to Retire as Minnesota AFL-CIO President in October

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson announced that she will retire on October 9, 2015. Knutson, the first woman to serve as Minnesota AFL-CIO President, has led the 300,000 member labor federation since 2009. read more »

Minnesota Works Podcast: Episode 7 - Senator Franken Talks Unions & Trade

United States Senator & union member Al Franken joins us to talk about his experience as a union member. He also tells us why he voted against Trade Promotion Authority.

Minnesota AFL-CIO Legislative Director Jennifer Schaubach stops in with a review of what did and didn’t happen during the 2015 Legislative Session. read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Peggy Flanagan in House District 46A Special Election

The Minnesota AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Peggy Flanagan in the special election for Minnesota House District 46A. The seat is being vacated by Representative Ryan Winkler, who recently resigned. The primary will take place on August 11 and the general election will be held on November 3. read more »

GOP obstruction lead to missed opportunities to build an even better Minnesota

As the Minnesota Legislature finished their 2015 work, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement: read more »

Call Congress to Stop Fast Track

June 3, 2015 (All day)

The “Fast Track” trade bill in Congress will send jobs overseas and give more power to giant corporations. It continues the same failed trade policies that leave working people behind.

We have to stop this. Join union members and our allies for a national day of action, June 3, to call Congress. Tell them to stop secret trade deals and oppose Fast Track. read more »

Still time for a comprehensive transportation bill

With less than two days remaining in the legislative session and no agreement on a comprehensive transportation bill, Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter issued the following statement: read more »

Minnesota Works Podcast: Episode 6 - Trade and the TPP

Our guest in the interview segment is Kaela Berg from the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition. We talk about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and what it means for working people in Minnesota. read more »

Minnesota’s CEOs Paid 305 Times More Than the Average Worker

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’s Brian Cornell, made $28.2 million in 2014, 779 times the average worker’s pay. read more »

Minnesota Works Podcast: Episode 5 - Safe Staffing on Workers Memorial Day

We’re releasing this episode on April 27, the day before Workers Memorial Day. 

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. That’s what this episode is all about. read more »

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