Why Bill Clinton Came to 'Talk Windows' at the AFL-CIO

It began with a simple conversation over water and dinner rolls in a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland. After the annual world economic forum held in Davos, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Bill Clinton discussed what should be done to create jobs and take on the challenge of climate change—and how working people could step up and invest where banks and Wall Street had failed.   Read more »

Republicans Hide Attack on Overtime Pay Behind ‘Flexibility’ Mask

Republicans in Congress have renewed their decades-old attack on the 40-hour workweek. Once again, they are pushing so-called “comp time” legislation that would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work.

Ten years ago, the Republican leadership in Congress and the Bush administration tried to pass the exact same legislation, but working families said, “Longer hours for less pay? No way.” 

We won that fight in 2003. The “comp time” bill died in the House of Representatives, even though Republicans had a majority. Read more »

Project on Capitol construction takes researchers around the state

A groundbreaking project to uncover the stories of the people who built the Minnesota state Capitol has taken researchers not only to downtown St. Paul, but also to Kasota, St. Cloud, Winona and numerous communities around the state.
"Who Built Our Capitol?" is a project of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota. For the past three years, a team assembled by LES staff member Randy Croce has been researching the workers and contractors involved in the Capitol construction from 1896-1907. Read more »

Minnesota Legislature Advancing Strong Pro-Working Family Agenda

At a time when it seems nearly every state legislature is assaulting the rights of working families, Minnesota's House and Senate are bucking the trend and are likely to soon send Gov. Mark Dayton a series of strong pro-working family bills. According to Minnesota AFL-CIO Communications Director Chris Shields, this is the first time in 20 years the state government has been unified under one-party control, with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party holding the governorship and the majority in both houses of the legislature. Read more »

"Apprenticeship:Building Your Career" video is available on YouTube or by DVD

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"Apprenticeship:Building Your Career" is a fast-paced twelve-minute video overview of what it means to be an apprentice in today's Building Trades. Shooting began last spring and was centered around the $243 million renovation of Union Depot in St.Paul.  Over a dozen apprentices agreed to appear in the video in interviews as well as being filmed working at their job sites. As it happened, shooting finished just as the Union Depot opened its doors to the public after years of reconstruction and rehabilitation.  Read more »

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