ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, Senator Judy Seeberger’s (DFL-Afton) bill that would require refinery contract workers to complete an apprenticeship and training program to ensure safe practices passed in the Senate Labor Committee. In response, Senator Seeberger released the following statement:
“It is an industry-wide understanding that petroleum refineries are high-hazard facilities holding dangerous chemicals that, if not handled correctly, can produce devastating consequences to the health and safety of refinery workers and the surrounding community. It is a common-sense requirement that workers in these refineries would be properly trained through an apprenticeship and training program to ensure safe practices. The safety of workers and our communities is and will continue to be a top priority to me and will always rise above corporate profit. I am proud of the work done so far on this bill and am excited to take the baton, originally carried by my predecessor Senator Karla Bigham, through the finish line.”
Senate File 10 passed the Labor Committee and is headed to the Finance Committee.