Over 100,000 people joined in Saturday's rally for Wisconsin workers in Madison on Saturday, despite the cold temperatures and snow. Hundreds of Minnesota supporters rallied in Madison and in Minnesota throughout the week as well. Many of our affiliates are travelling to Madison on a daily basis, by carpool or bus. Check in with your local union to see if these opportunities exist for you. read more »
Hundreds and hundreds of Minnesota and Wisconsin union members and supporters rallied at a solidarity event in Hudson last Saturday over I-94 and Carmichael Road to defeat. Activists gathered to show their support as they face an ugly battle against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who wants to slash collective bargaining rights of public workers. read more »
A number of you have asked about additional ways to show solidarity with Wisconsin workers and we want to provide them to you.
Here are some events happening in the next 72 hours in Western Wisconsin and in Madison. We have tried to provide as many details as possible:
Friday, February 18
Rally in Madison
Minnesotans are invited to travel to Madison and rally with workers at the Wisconsin State Capitol at Noon. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will be among the speakers at this rally. read more »
Unions Show Solidarity
More than 400 union members packed the House Governmental Operations Committee hearing room, outside halls, and overflow room at last Thursday’s hearing of House File 192 which included a so-called “Right to Work” constitutional amendment, a wage freeze for public employees and removal of PELRA laws. read more »
Kevin Dorff is a letter carrier at Branch 28 in St. Paul and is current Labor 2010 release staff for St. Paul Regional Labor Federation. He is willing to do the work to get our labor-endorsed candidates into office, and sees the importance of increasing union member voter turnout at each election cycle. read more »
The Minnesota AFL-CIO Online Voter Guide is ready for use! Minnesota AFL-CIO endorsements are noted so voters will know who will fight for working families in office.
Virginia, MN -Union members met up in Virginia this afternoon to continue worksite leafleting before election day. Members met at Minntac where USW Local 1938 has membership and handed out flyers as the first shift ended. It was extremely cold and blustery, but that didn't stop the smiles amidst frigid fingers and reminders to vote for labor-endorsed Mark Dayton for governor. MN AFL-CIO president Shar Knutson and USW District 11 Director Bob Bratulich were also present at the leafleting event read more »
Jarso Wario knows how to change things for the better. A UNITE HERE Local 17 member for four and a half years, Jarso works for SkyChefs and sits on the National Organizing Committee to organize other SkyChefs throughout the country. He is proud to be release staff for Labor 2010 with the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation working to elect Mark Dayton for Governor. read more »
Melina Martinez is one to watch. A UFCW member of Local 1161, she works at the JBS Swift Plant in Worthington, and is release staff for the West Area Labor Council through elections. She joined fellow UFCW members and MN AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson on Monday at the Toro plant in Windom, MN to worksite flyer IAM members at shift change. read more »