Senator Hoffman and Senator Eken Statements on the 5% Campaign

ST. PAUL, MINN – On Tuesday the Capitol rotunda was flooded with a sea of nearly 1,000 5% Campaign advocates for a spirited rally. The 5% Campaign calls for a pay increase of five percent for home and community-based health care workers who care for persons with developmental disabilities and older adults who haven’t had a wage increase in nearly six years.

Chief author of SF 1993 Senator Kent Eken (DFL – Twin Valley) and Senator John Hoffman (DFL) who represents the communities of Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids, have been vocal advocates and supporters for making the 5% waiver increase a priority in 2014.

“For too long our primary care and home care workers have gone without the compensation they deserve. They deserve a fair wage for the hard and important work they do. Today’s rally shows that there is a huge coalition and growing momentum to get this necessary increase to these hardworking men and women,” said Sen. Eken.

“It makes me so proud to see so many people come out in support of these personal care workers. I know from personal experience that these are incredibly hard-working Minnesotans who deserve a wage increase. The 5% Campaign is an issue of equality and respect for those taking care of our most precious and vulnerable family members,” said Sen. Hoffman.

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Kent Eken represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.

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