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Shar Knutson

Nov 19, 2013

Franken, Dayton endorsed by Minnesota AFL-CIO

Franken's 98 percent career voting record in favor of AFL-CIO positions is the fourth-highest among all U.S. Senators.

Aug 27, 2013

House Democrats, Dayton start next minimum wage push

Gov. Mark Dayton, labor activists and House members made an appearance at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday to renew a push to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 per hour to $9.50 by 2015.

Aug 13, 2013

LIPP: Public Policy Achievement (Workers’ compensation reform)

Shar Knutson and Brad Lehto, Minnesota AFL-CIO; David Olson, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Jun 5, 2013

Leaders in Public Policy winners will be honored on July 11

State Rep. Karen Clark, who was the lead sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards, sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota. Clark and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Saint Paul Hotel on July 11.

May 1, 2013

Workers’ comp bill moving in both chambers

State lawmakers are introducing a workers’ compensation proposal that business and labor leaders alike regard as the most significant change to the system in 18 years.

Feb 1, 2013

Labor looks forward

During the last two years, organized labor has largely sought to preserve the status quo at the Capitol. Republican legislative leaders repeatedly pushed proposals that were vehemently opposed by unions, most notably “right to work” legislation that would have prohibited requiring individuals to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Jan 29, 2013

Labor lays out legislative agenda

The Minnesota AFL-CIO wants to boost the minimum wage to $10.55 an hour and index it to inflation moving forward. That would be an increase of nearly 50 percent over the current rate of $7.25 an hour.

Aug 1, 2012

LIPP: Public Policy (labor)

Shar Knutson and Harry Melander.

Jun 7, 2012

Leaders in Public Policy Award Winners Announced

Politics in Minnesota and Capitol Report are proud to announce the winners of our Leaders in Public Policy awards for 2012.

May 25, 2012

How the stadium deal was done

Left for dead in April, the Vikings stadium bill sprinted to passage in the session’s closing days. What happened?

Mar 13, 2012

AFL-CIO fights ‘right to work’ with new political committee

On Tuesday, the group announced it would run television and radio ads targeted at handful of Republican senators.

Aug 8, 2011

MN AFL-CIO opposes gay marriage ban

The labor umbrella group Minnesota AFL-CIO is officially opposing the constitutional amendment proposal on the 2012 ballot to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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