Congressional cuts to safety net programs would hurt thousands of Minnesotans

As Congress debates how to prevent the federal budget from going over the “fiscal cliff,” a new report shows nearly 900,000 Minnesotans would be harmed if lawmakers cut Social Security. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 882,408 Minnesotans could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security. They include 115,780 people with disabilities and 59,076 children. Read more »

Holiday Lights in the Park to Illuminate St. Paul’s Phalen Park Beginning Nov. 20

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) invites media representatives to the opening day festivities of its fifth annual Holiday Lights in the Park event on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Phalen Park in St. Paul. Representatives from the IBEW and local charities will be on hand throughout the day to meet the needs of the media to promote this event which has raised more than $170,000 during its run as one of the state’s largest holiday lights displays. Read more »

OSHA Fines American Crystal Sugar for Dangerous Build Up of Combustible Sugar Dust

In October, American Crystal Sugar—which has locked out its highly trained 1,300 member workforce since August 2011—has been assessed nearly $50,000 in fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for widespread, “high gravity” and “serious” safety violations, including accumulation of combustible dust and failure to lock out equipment Read more »

Labor leaders praise members’ election efforts

Minnesota labor leaders say the efforts of thousands of union members paid off in Tuesday’s high voter turnout and wins by many labor-endorsed candidates. “Minnesotans firmly rejected the politics of division, restriction and corporate greed and embraced a call to build a better state for today and tomorrow,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said. Read more »

Building Trades Statement on the 2012 Elections

"On behalf of the skilled craft professionals that comprise America's Building Trades Unions, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on their historic re-election. 

I also offer our prayers for the President and the Vice President as they begin the process of governing and moving our nation forward with an "invest in America" strategy that seeks to build our country from the middle out and rehabilitate and rebuild recently devastated areas that need our help. Read more »

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