Links of Importance to Working Families

AFSCME International

AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen.

Workday Minnesota

Workday Minnesota is the latest development in a long-term communications partnership between the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, and the working people of the state and their labor organizations.Workday Minnesota does not reflect the views of any institution or organization but rather seeks to be a news and information source that combines journalistic ethics and practices with a focus on the lives and concerns of working people. Our admitted bias is that we present the world of events and issues through the prism of social and economic justice and the dignity of work. We offer Workday Minnesota as an alternative to the world of corporate-dominated media.

100 Yrs. of  Union Movement

From the earliest days of the American colonies, when apprentice laborers in Charleston, S.C., went on strike for better pay in the 1700s, to the first formal union of workers in 1829 who sought to reduce their time on the job to 60 hours a week, our nation’s working people have recognized that joining together is the most effective means of improving their lives on and off the job.


A listing of all the AFSCME unions on the WEB with contact information.

Minnesota Budget Project

We provide nonpartisan analysis and advocacy so that more Minnesotans can participate in setting our state's tax and budget priorities. We believe public investments and fair taxes help Minnesota maintain a high quality of life and build a strong economic future.

AFSCME Advantage

Being an AFSCME member doesn’t only get you an advantage at the bargaining table – it also gets you bargains with AFSCME Advantage.

Minnesota Unions

List of Minnesota unions by branch, chapter, local, regional organized labor and union website links.


U. S. Unions  

List of all labor unions ijn the United States listed by branch, chapter, local, regional organized labor and union website links.

Citizens for Tax Justice

Citizens for Tax Justice (founded in 1979) is an American non-profit advocacy (lobbying) think tank based in Washington, DC. CTJ’s work focuses primarily on federal tax policy. Its stated mission is to “give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws.” CTJ’s goals include: “fair taxes for middle and low-income families; requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share; closing corporate tax loopholes; adequately funding important government services; reducing the federal debt; and promoting taxation that minimizes distortion of economic markets.”

AFSCME Leadership Academy

As AFSCME members we can take online trainings, for free. These trainings sessions are one part of a new initiative called the AFSCME Leadership Academy (ALA). The classes are specially designed for AFSCME staff, officers and members like you.

Mpls. Regional Labor Federation

The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation is the umbrella organization of Minneapolis area local unions and includes over 120 affiliated unions. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis RLF's mission is to organize in the community for social and economic justice for all working people.

Jobs Now Coalition

Jobs Now Coalition is the oldest and largest jobs policy coalition of its kind in the nation. We rally together a diverse and politically influential coalition of member organizations—from community service organizations to unions to job training programs—to move Minnesota toward policies and programs which will expand the middle class, expand local tax bases, and promote broad prosperity by generating jobs that pay a family-supporting wage.

Labor Notes

Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979. Through our magazine, website, books, conferences and workshops, we promote organizing, aggressive strategies to fight concessions, alliances with workers’ centers, and unions that are run by their members. Labor Notes is also a network of rank-and-file members, local union leaders, and labor activists who know the labor movement is worth fighting for. We encourage connections between workers in different unions, workers centers, communities, industries, and countries to strengthen the movement—from the bottom up.

Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation

The Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation is a key part of the nation’s largest and strongest labor federation – the AFL-CIO, which unites more than 12 million working women and men of every race and ethnicity, from every walk of life. More than 100 affiliate unions make up the Regional Labor Federation, representing more than 50,000 union members who live or work in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Chisago counties

Mn. Fair Trade Coalition

The Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition formed in 1991, in opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and corporate globalization.  Our membership has since grown to include over 40 labor, family farm, environmental, faith and social justice organizations across the state of Minnesota.  We are united in the belief that trade policy should reflect the interests and values of working people and the environment, and empower communities to improve their quality of life in a sustainable way.  Our mission is to create, promote and support fair trade policy and global justice for our communities, family farms, working people, and the environment in Minnesota and around the globe.

Wake-Up Walmart

WalMart has let America down by lowering wages, forcing good paying American jobs overseas, and cutting costs with total disregard for the values that have made this nation great. WalMart has needlessly exploited illegal immigrants, faced the largest gender discrimination lawsuit in history, forced workers to work in an unsafe environment, and - incredibly - has broken child labor laws.

National AFL-CIO

We are the umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 57 unions representing more than 12 million working men and women. We work to ensure that all people who work receive the rewards of their work—decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, respect and fair treatment.

Take Action Minnesota

Our work to advance social, racial and economic justice in Minnesota is only successful if YOU are engaged and involved! TakeAction Minnesota offers many issue campaigns, trainings, events, and organizing actions to help you live out your progressive values and make the kind of grassroots change that really matters to people. Remember, democracy is a participation sport, not a spectator sport. Get involved and TakeAction today!

Union Review

Union Review is an interactive publication of labor-related news and views. The Union Review mission is to provide an online venue to share labor related news and opinions. The primary goal includes creating a forum for both rank-and-file and non-union workers where they can openly speak out about their work, struggles, and ideas in an effort to build a stronger union movement.

Minnesota AFL / CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over 300,000 members of over 1,000 local unions throughout Minnesota. The mission of the Minnesota AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition

We research and publish Issue Papers on pressing social justice issues in Minnesota. We explore interfaith religious principles and expert policy analysis. We make recommendations to the citizens of Minnesota and the State Legislature. We conduct action-oriented forums, workshops, and institutes which focus on faith and citizenship. We tap into deeply held religious principles and organize faithful citizens across Minnesota to build civic capacity for our advocacy work and for a healthier democracy. We issue timely action alerts, mobilizing our networks into the policy-making process.

Labour Start

LabourStart is an online news service maintained by a global network of volunteers which aims to serve the international trade union movement by collecting and disseminating information, and by assisting unions in a variety of campaigns.

MN State Retiree Council

The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, is the umbrella organization of union retirees clubs and local unions with retirees.

MN Council of Nonprofits

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. It is the largest state association of nonprofits in the U.S. Through MCN, nonprofits join together across interest areas to work on issues of common concern to all. MCN works to inform, promote, connect and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Union Plus

Union Plus is brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating labor unions.

Pride At Work

Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice.

ALEC Exposed

ALEC Exposed is a project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). On July 13, 2011, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) unveiled this trove of over 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills reveal the corporate collaboration reshaping our democracy, state by state.

State Government

Minnesota State Government

Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota Social Service Association

Public Employee Retirement Association of Minnesota

Council of State Governments

Mn. Department of Economic and Employment Security

A. Philip Randolph Institute

To A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, APRl's co-founders, the fight for workers' rights and civil rights were inseparable. Randolph (1889-1979) was the greatest black labor leader in American history and the father of the modern American civil rights movement. Rustin (1912-1987), a leading civil rights and labor activist and strategist, was the chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Randolph's greatest protege. Randolph and Rustin forged an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. They recognized that blacks and working people of all colors share the same goals: political and social freedom and economic justice.

Labor Heritage Foundation

Our Mission: To strengthen the labor movement through the use of music and arts. Our Purpose: a) To preserve and promote knowledge of the cultural heritage of the American worker through the arts, including music, poetry, written works, theatre, and artistic works. b) To conduct historical research through written and oral histories, and any other activity legal and proper. Our Work: Using creative organizing methods, artistic opportunities, and cultural activities we are the “synergy, heart, and soul” that brings the passion for equality, fair labor standards and practices, and a just society together in the labor movement.

City Government

League of Minnesota Cities (LMC)

National League of Cities (NLC)

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American (APA) union members. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 APA union members and as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the APA community. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has 13 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C.

Union Shop

It was time to provide consumers with simple tools for using their purchasing power in support of good, American jobs. Every week we’ll feature a new post profiling a union-made product or service to keep conscientious consumers like you in the know.

County Government

Hennepin County

Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC)

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists 

CBTU aims to be a catalyst for progressive social and political action by providing visitors with data and information relevant to the lives of African American workers and the unions and communities that they support.

Union Label

The Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO, was founded in 1909 to promote the products and services produced in America by union members -- especially those products and services identified by a union label, shop card, store card and service button. We work to promote the union label. When you see a union label -- whether it is on a product, on a union shop or union store placard in a place of business, or on a union button worn by a worker - it signifies quality goods and services. Moreover, these emblems demonstrate that the employees who make the product or provide the service are skilled workers who are treated fairly and decently by their employers. is a non-partisan website dedicated to building a knowledge base for professionals wishing to better engage their communities. Highlighting the latest trends, success stories, effective or creative implementations and more, professionals from a whole host of backgrounds, whether in marketing, government affairs, communications or otherwise, can share their knowledge and gain insight from the larger advocacy community. 

Coalition of Labor Union Women 

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of trade union women affiliated with the AFL-CIO. CLUW has four goals: Promoting affirmative action in the workplace, strengthening the role of women in unions, organizing more women into unions and increasing the involvement of women in the democratic process.


PEPSA was formed by a small group of public employees in 1972, motivated by concern about our PERA retirement plan. Thirty years ago PERA was considered one of the least progressive plans in the nation. In 1973, PEPSA was instrumental in convincing the legislature to address this problem and the "High Five Year" plan was adopted. This legislation and subsequent pension improvements advocated by PEPSA, have made Minnesota's pension plan one of the best plans in the nation.

No Sweat

No Sweat Apparel, the 1st name in sweatshop free US union-made apparel now has the best prices for wholesale US union made T-shirts, sweats and caps of any distributor in the US & Canada.

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement  

LCLAA is a constituency Group representing Latino Workers from both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win Federation.

U. S. Congress

Library of Congress

U. S. Department of Labor

American Memory

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Public Human Services Association

U.S. Code