Says Bill Creates Good-Paying Jobs in Key Industries, While Providing Training and Protections for Working Minnesotans
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said the Senate passed a Jobs and Labor budget bill early Saturday that will invest in creating good-paying jobs in key Minnesota industries and expand racial equity, as well as training and protections for working Minnesotans.
Majority Leader Dziedzic said the bill, authored by Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) and Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth), is a key part of the Senate DFL majority’s efforts to build an economy that works for all Minnesotans.
“Investments in the Jobs section of the bill will create and grow our semiconductor, tourism and bioindustrial manufacturing industries, helps small businesses, and it expands childcare opportunities for families who want to fill those jobs,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “The Labor part of bill will help the working Minnesotans who put food on our tables and take care of our elderly. We are investing in the jobs and working people that keep our state’s economy strong.”
“The Jobs bill supports all of Minnesota—from Owatonna, to Rochester, to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, to the Twin Cities metro,” said Senator Champion, Chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee. “This budget includes key investments in child care, workforce, jobs, and economic development in every corner of our state. This is about creating an economy that works for all Minnesotans.
“This bill is the result of years of effort by Minnesota workers and labor organizers. Working people brought us their concerns, their issues, and their solutions. This legislation honors their contributions to our economy and society. The ergonomics division in occupational safety standards will reduce the number of Minnesotans injured on the job,” said Senator Jen McEwen, Chair of the Senate Labor Committee. “The meat and poultry worker protections will make those workplaces safer. The Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board gives those essential care workers a seat at the table to advocate for better workplace conditions and patient care. Prohibiting non-compete clauses ends a coercive corporate practice that traps workers and suppresses their wages. Our investments in workforce development will inspire a next generation of good, family-supporting jobs in green infrastructure. With this bill, the Democratic Farmer Labor caucus is living up to its name and founding principles, and it has been our honor to carry on that tradition alongside our siblings in the labor movement.”