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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More on Workers and Economy

October 8, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to President Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urging the administration to release the memo to determine the extent of the administration’s authority to broadly cancel student debt through administrative action.

September 27, 2021 In The News

When President Joe Biden announced in the spring his plans for "once-in-a-generation investments in our nation's future," he said that "it is not enough to restore where we were prior to the pandemic. We need to build a stronger economy that does not leave anyone behind -- we need to build back better."

September 10, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – The House Committee on Education and Labor today passed its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests $761 billion to lower the cost of child care and education, help Americans secure good-paying jobs, and increase support for our nation’s children.

August 3, 2021 Press Release

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after President Biden announced the CDC will extend the eviction moratorium. 

“This new moratorium is lifechanging for millions of people on the brink of eviction. I am thankful to President Biden for his efforts to have the CDC extend the eviction moratorium for our most vulnerable. This win would not have been possible without the bold, steadfast leadership from Congresswoman Bush. I applaud her, and so many other Members of Congress and organizers who continued to push the Administration to act.

July 30, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced the Sending Unconditional Payments to People Overcoming Resistances to Triumph (SUPPORT) Act and the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) Act, legislation designed to build a 21st century economy that is reflective of Americans’ everyday needs. The bills will create a grant program to fund local income pilots and implement a national guaranteed income program and establish a new economic metric to measure well-being.
July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) advanced funding for four community projects in Minnesota’s 5th District, totaling $32.5 million. These provisions passed as part of the INVEST in America Act, the House’s surface transportation bill.  The projects include $5 million for the Metro F line from Downtown Minneapolis to Fridley, $4.5 million for the Metro E line between Edina and the University of Minnesota, and $3 million for the Cedar-Seward pedestrian bridge at I-94.

June 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT), and a number of her colleagues in a bicameral letter urging President Biden to extend the pause on federal student loan payments until at least March 31, 2022.
April 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Affordable Housing Preservation Act. The legislation will fund the creation of community-owned cooperatives for low-income people, helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis while allowing people to communally own the homes they live in.
April 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal. 
March 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan to rebuild and reshape the economy:

“I applaud President Biden for continuing to propose solutions to the deep challenges we face as a nation. Mobilizing the country to address the climate crisis, confronting centuries of systemic racism and creating millions of good-paying jobs is as essential a task as any for our democracy.