Shame on Walz. The Fight Is Not Over.




Governor Tim Walz had the opportunity to stand with Minnesota’s rideshare workers and pass a bill that would have ensured them fair wages and worker protections. Instead, he sided with Uber and Lyft bosses in Silicon Valley and issued a veto. This veto is a slap in the face to the organizing led by working-class drivers, many of whom are immigrants, spearheaded by Minnesota Uber/Lyft Drivers Association (MULDA). We recognize Walz’s betrayal as the result of the undemocratic power big business has under capitalism. As democratic socialists, we vow to continue fighting for fair wages and protections for rideshare drivers and all other workers. Though we are disappointed in this outcome, we are deeply appreciative of the work put in by our Twin Cities DSA and Twin Ports DSA state legislators, including bill authors Senator Fateh and Senator McEwen, who worked with MULDA to get this bill through the legislature. We are ready to stand by MULDA and DSA endorsed legislators next session as they continue this fight. Additionally, we support Minneapolis City Council member Jason Chavez’s current push to pass a city ordinance that will provide fair wages and protections for rideshare drivers in Minneapolis. Though Uber and Lyft executives and their lobbyists are powerful, we know that they don’t stand a chance against workers united together.

– Twin Cities DSA Socialists In Office Committee