AFSCME Calling on the MnSCU Board to Stop Paying Big Bonuses
Working America Members Deliver Petitions Urging Rep. Eric Paulsen to Support Extending Unemployment Insurance
MN AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson talking with State Economist Tom Stinson after December 2009 Budget Forecast
SE Area Labor Council Make Wall Street Pay March and Rally, March 2010
Wall Street on Trial, Duluth, MN N E Area Labor Council March 2010
Working America Jobs Roundtable December 2009
Building Trades Rally March 11, 2010
Responding to Senate Republican Caucus’ press conference, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“While we welcome the Senate GOP’s willingness to finally talk about putting Minnesotans back to work, their vague ideas were unfortunately more of the same.
Slashing regulations and cutting taxes won’t make a dime’s worth of difference if we continue to ignore critical investments in education and infrastructure.
We already know from experience that tax giveaways like JOBZ won’t create new jobs. read more »
Standing in front of US Bancorp’s headquarters, labor leaders and unemployed workers called on Minnesota’s biggest banks to help rebuild Minnesota’s economy by investing in job creation.
“Big banks received a combined $14 trillion dollar taxpayer bailout from a global economic crisis they helped to create,” said Steve Hunter, Secretary-Treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO. “The financial crisis turned into a jobs crisis that Minnesota’s big banks have shown no interest in addressing.” read more »
By now, you’ve probably heard about the thousands of people demonstrating on Wall Street as part of a grassroots movement to hold those who caused our financial crisis accountable.
Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka officially endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement and urged union members to “open our union halls and community centers as well as our arms and our hearts to those with the courage to stand up and demand a better America.”
Tomorrow, we can join with those who feel the same way at the Occupy MN kickoff. read more »
Following President Obama’s address to the nation on job creation, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
"President Obama took a major step toward pushing Congress to finally address our nation’s jobs crisis in his speech this evening.
"Washington politicians have already wasted too much time being guided by a Tea Party Republican agenda of protecting the super-rich while millions of Americans want and need to work. read more »
Help keep good jobs with benefits in our Community! Instead of sharing success with their employees, the Kowalski family is attempting to freeze employee wages and eliminate the hard earned benefit of a multiemployer retirement plan along with the introduction of minimum wage jobs.
Retail Workers deserve better and it is time for Kris Kowalski to negotiate, and not implement a substandard agreement which will harm workers and their families. read more »
Republicans Chose Millionaires Over Minnesota’s Future
As the special session ending Minnesota’s 19-day government shutdown came to a close, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“While this 2-year budget avoids the GOP’s draconian cuts to education, health care, and jobs, it’s disappointing that Republican legislators would only agree to one-time revenue that borrows against our future and writes school children yet another IOU. read more »