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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April 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today introduced the Recovery Rebates Improvement Act and sent a letter to the Department of Treasury to request guidance on eligibility of recovery rebates. While the recently passed CARES Act provide millions of Americans with direct economic assistance, the bill leaves out many noncitizens and mixed status families—even if members of the family are citizens. The Recovery Rebates Improvement Act fixes the major error by expanding the special rule for the military in the CARES Act.

April 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led Members of Congress on a series of letters to the CEOs of American companies today, calling on them to stop the use of forced labor of the Uyghur Muslim population in China. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has painstakingly tracked both forced transfers of workers from Xinjiang to other parts of China, and the use of Uyghur labor in factories within Xinjiang.

April 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-MN) introduced the Suspend School Meal Debt Act today to require school food authorities and local educational agencies to stop collecting unpaid meal fees during the COVID–19 pandemic, providing much-needed relief for families across the nation. They were joined by original cosponsors Reps.

March 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Treasury Department today calling for guidance to U.S. governors that ensures that the Coronavirus Relief Fund is distributed in a timely manner to cities with more than 50,000 residents and ensures that smaller communities do not get left behind.

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March 30, 2020 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after speaking with Holland America parent company Carnival Corporation & PLC about steps to provide medical care to passengers on board the Holland America cruise ship MS Zandaam. On Friday, four passengers were reported dead on the cruise ship. 138 have reported flu-like symptoms and two have now tested positive for COVID-19. There are at least six Minnesotans on Zandaam—four of whom are ill. 
 

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar and Sen. Bernie Sanders today led a bicameral letter to Amazon requesting detailed information into how the company plans to protect their warehouse workers, who remain on the job during this dire public health emergency. This issue has become all the more urgent since workers at 10 Amazon warehouses tested positive for COVID-19 as of this week. Rep. Omar and Sen.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Omar today announced a bold package of bills to swiftly bring vital economic assistance to all Americans and small businesses during this coronavirus crisis and ensure those funds are not going to fossil fuel executives.

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Every day, corporations across America put profit over people. Low wages force many working-class people to work two or three jobs to make ends meet. At the same time, immigrant communities are targeted to work in unsafe conditions and exploited as the victims of wage theft.

March 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Omar today shared updates on her office’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including legislation she introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, coordination with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s office, internal office policies, and constituent services during the COVID-19 outbreak.