Social Security Works for Minnesota

The mission of Social Security Works is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations, and, in so doing, to promote social justice for current and future generations of children as well as young, middle-aged and older adults. Social Security Works is a project of the Tides Advocacy Fund with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. This article from SSW demonstrates the impact Social Security has on the residents of Minnesota. There is also information about the $2.5 trillion surplus that Social Security now has. Read more »

Prevailing Wage Laws in MInnesota

The National Alliance for Fair Contracting (NAFC) has been providing a forum in the construction industry for those interested in fair, competitive contracting. NAFC is a labor-management organization that promotes a “level playing field” through compliance with all applicable laws in public construction. When responsible contractors bid and perform public construction projects, the taxpayer gets a high quality project performed by contractors who comply with the laws of the land. Read more »

South Dakota trades get first project labor agreement

On June 16, construction unions in South Dakota signed off on the first Project Labor Agreement in the state for a project that will actually be built. On Aug. 2, ground was broken for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Deer Creek Station near White, S.D., just 20 miles from the Minnesota border. Read more »


Change To Win will lose yet another member on Oct. 1, when the Laborers rejoin the AFL-CIO. But in a sense, they never really left. The Aug. 14 announcement by union President Terry O’Sullivan capped months of talks between his union, which has 500,000 members, including retirees, and the larger labor federation. But for several years, LIUNA has also been an active member of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department -- even though it was a CTW union. And it has worked closely on politics with the AFL-CIO, O’Sullivan said. Read more »

Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Dayton for Governor

Presenting a united labor front, the Minnesota AFL-CIO unanimously voted to endorse Mark Dayton for Governor today.

“Middle class Minnesotans face a clear choice in electing a Governor this year,” said Shar Knutson, Minnesota AFL-CIO President. “Mark Dayton understands what it is going to take to put Minnesotans back to work, make taxes fair for the middle class, and lead our state back to prosperity.” Read more »

Stretch your grocery dollars at Fare For All

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"Fare for All" and "Fare for all Express" can help you save 30-50% on food. They work with community partners to offer a variety of quality, affordable grocery packages each month. Order as many packages as you want in any combination as you want for pick-up at your local "Fare For All" site, including the St.Paul Labor Center. (Video)
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Who are "The Yes Men?"

The Yes Men agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, ask questions, and then smuggle out the stories of their hijinks to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of business. In other words, the Yes Men are team players... but they play for the opposing team. And what do they have to say about what they do? Can you be a Yes Man? Can you make a difference? Read more »

Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Americans have expressed generally positive attitudes toward unions for as long as pollsters have been asking, and for decades public approval of labor unions has hovered around 60 percent. But starting in 2009 public opinion toward labor unions dropped precipitously. Why? Read more »

Roofers who leave the trade are four times more likely to face economic hardship than those who remain

Researchers conducting a study of 979 roofers between age 40-59 found that 10 percent left the roofing trade within a year, and of those leaving, 60 percent left their job due to chronic pain, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and poor health. When that group was examined in a one-year follow-up, researchers found that they were four times more likely to suffer mild economic impact, 19 times more likely to suffer moderate economic impact, and 6.5 times more likely to experience severe economic impact from their early retirement. Read more »

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Means New Benefits for Seniors

July 30 is the 45th anniversary of Medicare, a milestone for a true American success story that has helped reduce senior poverty by two-thirds, by Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings and tests for serious diseases. Read more »