Senator Erin Murphy Supports Airport Worker Health Care Push

SAINT PAUL, MN – On Monday, Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) joined workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to express support for their effort to win increased wages and health care benefits in their contract negotiations with the Metropolitan Airport Commission. Over 1,000 airport workers represented by SEIU Local 26 and UNITE HERE Local 17 have advocated for higher pay and benefits for years.  

Following her meeting with workers, Senator Murphy issued the following statement: 

“Airports can be a frustrating or stressful place, and MSP is often ranked as one of the best experiences for travelers in America. These workers are the reason why. Many of them perform physical labor that could lead to injury, and all of them accept constant exposure to illness through contact with people coming and going from around the world. The work they do is fundamental to the success of our airport, and the airport is critical to the lives of Minnesotans. These workers need affordable health care coverage.  

I support their fight to secure those benefits at the bargaining table. However, if negotiations are not fruitful, my colleagues and I are prepared to bring legislation that would assure the people who allow us to travel safely and comfortably are able to access and afford the care they need.” 

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Erin Murphy represents Senate District 64, which includes portions of the Saint Paul community.

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