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The Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO is one of 500 state and local labor councils in the United States. The Labor Council is a democratically elected body dedicated to improving the lives of working families. 

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.

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 is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation—the AFL-CIO, which unites 12.2 million working workers of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life.



Leah Midgarden


Executive Board Members