Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement responding to the 2018 election results:
“A record number of Minnesotans sent a clear message yesterday by electing the full slate of Labor-endorsed candidates to statewide offices, putting a working families majority in charge of the Minnesota House, and sending five Labor-endorsed candidates to Congress.
“Our volunteer-driven member to member political campaign, the largest and most strategic in Minnesota AFL-CIO history, reached tens of thousands of union members at their worksites, at their homes, on their phones, in their mailboxes, and on social media.
“Union members knew that our very freedom to join together was on the ballot this year and made sure our voices were heard loud and clear.
“The 2018 election also sent a record number of Labor-endorsed union members and retirees into public office including Governor-elect Tim Walz, Auditor-elect & former MN AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Julie Blaha, and 22 members to the Minnesota House.
“The 2018 election showed that when working people organize, volunteer, and vote; we win. Minnesota’s Labor Movement will continue the enthusiasm of this political campaign into our organizing and legislative work in the months and years ahead.”