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
The union movement’s young workers are getting ready to shake things up.
Working off of the short- and long-term goals laid out at last summer’s Next Up Summit, the brand-new Young Worker Advisory Council (including Minnesota AFL-CIO Field Director Jessica Hayssen) met in Washington, D.C., last week to put together a three-month plan to engage the next generation of young workers. read more »
Billion dollar investment would create thousands of new jobs & strengthen infrastructure
St. Paul – Minnesota’s labor leaders praised Governor Mark Dayton’s proposed jobs and infrastructure package today.
“A jobs and infrastructure bill is one of the best tools our state can use to create much-needed family sustaining private sector jobs,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said. read more »
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue issued a rare joint statement supporting “Obama’s call to create jobs and grow the U.S. economy through investment in our nation’s infrastructure.” Trumka and Donohue said:
"Whether it is building roads, bridges, high-speed broadband, energy systems and schools, these projects not only create jobs and demand for businesses, they are an investment in building the modern infrastructure our country needs to compete in a global economy. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement after the Minnesota House passed HF 130:
“The legislators who voted for this bill are making middle-class families shoulder the burden of Minnesota’s revenue shortfall.
This legislation would mean even higher property taxes, more tuition increases, and more painful cuts to vital services like police and fire protection.
These are the same Tim Pawlenty-style policies that put Minnesota in our current fiscal crisis. read more »
With more than 200,000 Minnesotans out of work and a state revenue crisis threatening everyone’s quality of life, the Minnesota AFL-CIO is calling on lawmakers to address the state’s problems head on.
The labor federation’s “Three Steps to a Better Minnesota” provides lawmakers a roadmap to address those problems. read more »
On Wednesday afternoon, the leaders of Minnesota’s incoming GOP legislative majorities gathered reporters to talk about their legislative agenda. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Middle class Minnesotans want their legislature to help create family sustaining jobs sooner rather than later and solve the state’s multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall fairly.
The Legislature’s number one priority must be to put Minnesotans back to work as soon as possible. read more »
With Representative Tom Emmer’s concession in the Governor’s race, it is now certain that AFL-CIO-endorsed Mark Dayton will become Governor on January 3rd. Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Labor’s goal in the 2010 election was to elect a Governor who shares middle class families’ values and priorities.
Minnesota’s union members knocked on more than 200,000 doors and made more than a half million phone calls because we know Mark Dayton will be a Governor who stands up for middle class families. read more »
"The constitutional amendment Governor Pawlenty proposed again today to cap spending to past revenue levels is something civic-minded Minnesotans should fear" said Wayne Cox, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for Tax Justice.
"This type of device was very destructive economically in states where it has been tried. A similar policy put Colorado's universities near the point of bankruptcy. Civic leaders and business leaders there subsequently fought to get rid of it. read more »
Responding to the Minnesota Department of Finance’s November 2010 Budget Forecast, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Sadly, the multi-billion dollar revenue crisis comes as no surprise. Eight years of Governor Pawlenty’s policies have left middle class Minnesotans paying more fees and property taxes while getting fewer services back. All the while, there are fewer jobs available. read more »