Workers and Economy

Americans deserve an economy that works for everyone, not just for wealthy corporations and the top 1%.  Unfortunately, workers today are operating in a rigged system has left us with a widening equality gap and a constant undermining of rights. Our economy must be reformed to ensure that every American has access to a stable job with a living wage, robust benefits and the right to organize.

I’m committed to pushing changes that ensure those protections for workers in every industry and income bracket throughout this country. That’s why I am a staunch supporter of raising the minimum wage, which will reverse the stagnant growth workers have been struggling with for decades as they try to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living.  But low wages aren’t the only thing holding working families back. I am also pushing for a national paid family leave and sick days policy, so that no one has to choose between their health and their paycheck.

Even when workers are gainfully employed, they are all to often forced to fight discrimination and an overall lack of protections in the workplace. For decades, labor unions have been a force of good for working families, implementing positive change and pushing back against attacks on their rights. We need to build on the victories labor has had and shore up organizing rights for all employees - so that those victories can’t be undone. I am fighting to protect and expand the right to unionize and collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions. I’m also pushing the Department of Labor to upholds its responsibility to investigate and enforce wage theft laws and workplace safety regulations, so that no one is putting their livelihood or health on the line when they report to work.

I’m also working to advance new and progressive employment models like a federal jobs guarantee and worker-owned cooperatives, to ensure that not only is every American afforded a job with dignity, but that they have a seat at the table and a voice in decisions that impact their future and their ability to provide for their family.

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December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the agreement on a coronavirus relief package and end of year spending bill, which she plans to support.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released an report of her accomplishments in her first term, along with an end-of-year op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

December 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Maxine Waters (CA-43),Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, and Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced a resolution outlining a bold plan for President-elect Joe Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in Federal student loan debt for student loan borrowers using existing legal authority under the Higher Education Act.

December 16, 2020 Page

Dear Friends,

These are difficult times. The coronavirus pandemic has touched so many of us directly. And many more have experienced the economic pain of layoffs or closed businesses. I lost my father to COVID-19 complications and experienced unbearable heartbreak like so many of you. 

December 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on the ongoing coronavirus relief talks.

“We are now nine months into a pandemic that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods. And instead of getting direct relief to struggling American families and the frontline workers helping to save lives, Republicans are fighting to defund the government and protect corporations from liability for their employees' COVID-related injuries.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for the inclusion of relief checks in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. The letter also reinforces the calls made by countless Americans to provide direct cash assistance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Omar, along with U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) and a coalition of grassroots groups; labor unions; Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders from across the country to introduce a bold plan for economic renewal known as the Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy, or THRIVE Agenda. In the Senate the resolution is led by Senator Markey, Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Charles E.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) announced the introduction of (H.R. 7477) the Workforce Promotion and Access (WPA) Act, legislation aimed at getting more Americans back to work in living-wage jobs created directly by the federal government. The bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Labor to create a job guarantee program through grants to states, localities and tribal entities where employment is greater than 10% OR double the national unemployment rate.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sponsored two amendments that passed today in the INVEST in America Act, the House’s bold infrastructure bill. The first amendment requires a report on barriers to public transportation faced by people in poverty. The second amendment requires the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth to conduct a study on the extent to which federal funds have expanded access to and adoption of broadband internet service by socially disadvantaged communities.

June 29, 2020 In The News

Our city, and our nation, are at a crossroads.

For years, we have marched, protested and advocated to end police brutality. In 2015, a 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, was shot in the head and died after a confrontation with two white Minneapolis police officers responding to a reported assault. In 2016, Philando Castile, a 29-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a police officer in a Twin Cities suburb while Castile’s partner and her 4-year-old daughter looked on.