Sen. Jen McEwen Applauds Senate Passage of Expansive Labor Funding Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On May 19, the Minnesota Senate approved a package of labor funding provisions that builds upon the historic labor legislation of 2023 (HF 5247). Labor Committee Chair Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth), chief author of the labor provisions, championed the legislation that puts workers’ rights and safety first.

“This legislation affirms Minnesota’s commitment to workers’ dignity and wellbeing,” said Senator McEwen. “A person’s job should allow them to live a vibrant, fulfilling life. Minnesotan workers and businesses are ready to work together and raise the bar for workers’ rights and human rights, even as national corporate interests turn up the heat to try and stop them. I’m thankful to the many Minnesotans, workers and business owners alike, who shared their expertise and experiences at the Capitol and, in doing so, shaped this legislation. I’m grateful as well for the collaboration of my House counterparts, and I look forward to this bill’s passage into law.”

Key provisions include:

  • A nation-leading provision setting minimum wage and labor protections for rideshare drivers in Minnesota, improving the lives of thousands of drivers and their families and protecting Minnesotans’ access to reliable, safe, affordable transportation
  • Strengthening legal and enforcement tools to prevent worker misclassification, ensuring workers are provided with the benefits they’re owed 
  • Providing an easier path for University of Minnesota workers, including student workers, to exercise their rights to unionize
  • $9 million in grant funding for Tending the Soil to purchase and renovate property to create a new job training center in partnership with SEIU, LiUNA, UFCW, the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, and more
Jen McEwen represents Senate District 8 which covers the community of Duluth.

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