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Continued: Minnesota House panel OKs minimum wage hike, 40-hour workweek for all

“The ag workers are not like factory workers, where they can go in and they can clock in and they can clock out,” said Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin.

She, along with several Republicans, said agricultural work is so dependent on the weather that workers must sometimes work long hours to get the job done.

After many Republicans joined Poppe in speaking out against the changes, an impassioned Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul, lashed out at fellow committee members.

“Where the hell are the workers in this particular argument?” Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul, asked before the measure passed. “There used to be a compact: eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours of family. … It is time America, and Minnesota, and this world, get back to that particular attitude.”

 

Rachel E. Stassen-Berger • Twitter: @RachelSB

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