On December 1st, Essential workers and allies are marching downtown Minneapolis to rally and demand Essential Workers be RESPECTED, PROTECTED and PAID (not just praised). As the shopping season starts and CEOs celebrate record salaries and profits, the frontline Essential Workers who keep Minnesotans safe, fed, educated and cared for have still received little (to no) compensation for their efforts. The march is to demand CEOs who make record salaries while working from the safety of their mansions respect workers’ rights and to demand Minneapolis and Minnesota officials fund policies like essential worker pay, education, and protection for frontline workers who never had the chance to work from home during this pandemic.
Along with the march, there are two digital comment cards to call on city council members to include worker protections in the upcoming 2022 city budgets. Too many workers struggle day to day just to survive on poverty wages, face wage theft, lack of access to Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST), and other violations of their workplace rights. Meanwhile the 0.1 rakes in more wealth than ever and the police force criminalizes poverty and people of color.