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Minnesota AFL-CIO elects first woman president

posted Aug 19, 2009, 12:50 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 19, 2009, 12:59 PM ]

By STEVE ALEXANDER; Star Tribune; August 18, 2009 - 9:33 PM

…… "We're seeing people struggling. Workers face possible unemployment, health care is becoming unaffordable, and the prices of food, clothing and other essentials are going up," said Knutson, who joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union in the early 1980s as a single mother working in St. Paul city government.

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - by Chris Newmarker Staff Writer; Monday, August 17, 2009, 4:31pm CDT

The Minnesota AFL-CIO on Monday said its general board has elected Shar Knutson to serve as the new president of the 300,000-member union.  Knutson, who has been president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation since 1998, will be the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s first woman president.