$15/hr and Workers’ Rights

We won $15, but it needs to be enforced! Workers need unions to defend our rights, and we need to fight back against anti-union laws threatened at the state and federal level.

  • $15 needs to be enforced. Fully fund the Labor Standards Enforcement Division to enforce strong penalties against wage theft.
  • Spread the $15 minimum wage. Support workers and the labor movement in bringing $15 to St. Paul and other cities in Minnesota.
  • Support the efforts of all workers to unionize!
  • 12 weeks of paid family leave for all Minneapolis workers. Many families and working mothers do not have access to paid maternity leave in our city and studies show that it is children who pay the price.
  • Pass “fair scheduling” legislation. Service-sector workers face on-call schedules, back-to-back shifts (“clopening”), and irregular work hours. Minneapolis needs a “fair scheduling” law to end abusive practices.
  • Medicare for all! Build the movement for a statewide single-payer healthcare system as a step toward a national, improved Medicare-for-all system. Healthcare needs to be taken out of the broken private insurance system, and run for people not for profit, so we can provide true universal care.  I have worked closely with the Minnesota Nurses Association in the fight for a $15/hr minimum wage, and would work to expand coalitions to fight for single-payer.