About Us

We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

The Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council represents over 40,000 union members throughout Southeast Minnesota. We are healthcare workers, electricians, bakers, manufacturers, equipment operators, teachers, public employees, nurses, construction workers, service employees, drivers, painters, plumbers-- and more.

The mission of the Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. To accomplish this mission, we work to:

  • Build a broad movement of Minnesota workers by helping workers join and form unions.

  • Support Minnesota workers as they bargain with employers to improve their living conditions and workplaces, as well as their communities, state and nation.

  • Strengthen the voice of Minnesota working families at all levels of government and in a changing global economy.

The Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation—the AFL-CIO, which unites 12.2 million working women and men of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life.



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