Shar Knutson, president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, was elected Monday to lead the 300,000-member Minnesota AFL-CIO. Knutson will become the first woman president in the history of the statewide organization.
She succeeds current president, Ray Waldron, who will retire Oct. 1, after nine years as president.
“I am honored that our state’s labor leaders have elected me to continue the mission of securing social and economic justice for Minnesota’s working people,” Knutson said. She added that “… focusing the growing political strength of Minnesota’s union members on electing state and federal officials who will put working people first…” is one of her primary political goals.
Knutson was elected to lead the St. Paul labor federation in 1998. She is a regional representative advising the Executive Board of the national AFL-CIO and has played an active role in the successful campaign to increase labor’s voice in national, state and local elections. She also serves as President of the St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and promoting community debate about social and economic justice.
Knutson served as a policy analyst and assistant to St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel, and was on the Greater Twin Cities United Way Board and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Advisory Council.
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