Across the country, corporate special interests are trying to make it harder for people to exercise their right to vote. On Thursday, a Minnesota House committee is hearing a constitutional amendment that would require Minnesotans to present a photo ID with a current address before being allowed to vote, making voting harder for seniors, people of color, college students, low-income Minnesotans, and veterans.
In response to the Governor’s announcement that an agreement had been reached to build a people’s stadium on the current Metrodome site, organizations representing working Minnesotans from across the state weighed in with their support for the plan which will put thousands of Minnesotans back to work. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response to state officials’ announcement of a $323 million ‘surplus’ in the current state budget:
“This budget figure is not a real surplus.
“There is still a deficit in the billions in IOUs written to Minnesota school children, the painful cuts made to critical services to the most vulnerable Minnesotans, and the tens of thousands of Minnesotans still looking for work.
“These IOUs and cuts came all while big corporations continued to use tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. read more »
“From Fargo to Findlay: A Journey for Justice” is a joint project of the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). Locked out workers from American Crystal Sugar Company and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company will embark on a road trip from Fargo, North Dakota, to Findlay, Ohio, in order to focus attention on the most recent wave of greed-motivated corporate attacks on workers and their unions. read more »
Following Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State Address, Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement:
“Tonight, Governor Dayton offered a bold vision that will build on Minnesota’s economic recovery and lay a foundation for future success.
“Minnesota is already recovering faster than other states; we have an opportunity to complete that recovery by putting thousands more Minnesotans back to work in family-sustaining jobs by improving and expanding critical infrastructure.
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In a seemingly unending stream of constitutional amendments, State Senator Dave Thompson & Representative Steve Drazkowski held a press conference to publicize an anti-middle class amendment that would force union workers to pay for their non-union co-workers’ representation. read more »
Over the past year we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on voting rights across the country. Unfortunately, the same type of irresponsible legislating that is happening all over our country is on the move right here in Minnesota. Instead of focusing on creating jobs and improving our economy, our legislature is attempting to pass a bill that will create barriers to voting for all Minnesotans. read more »
Today, a think tank backed by corporate special interests released a study promoting anti-middle class legislation in Minnesota. The right-wing Center of the American Experiment’s report urges lawmakers to make Minnesota a low-wage, anti-middle class “Right to Work” state. read more »
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“For the millions of Americans still feeling the pain of Wall Street’s greed; President Obama’s State of the Union address was a sign of hope.
“President Obama laid out a new vision for an America that builds on our economic recovery and once again opens up opportunities for everyone, not just corporate special interests and the richest 1%. read more »