Join ReUSE Minnesota in Supporting Fair Repair

Feb 20, 2017 Posted by: admin Comments

Minnesota has a chance to become the first state in the nation to pass "Fair Repair" legislation. The Fair Repair bill, SF 15 in the Senate and HF 287 in the House, guarantees our right to repair digital equipment like computers, refrigerators, cell phones and tractors. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair shops with access to repair information and replacement parts—so you have the resources you need to fix things quickly and affordably.

Fair Repair will help you save money and create good jobs in our state.

Repair jobs are well-paying jobs all over Minnesota, and the proposed bill could help bring even more jobs to regions of Minnesota that need them.

· 2011 MPCA analysis shows that average weekly wage for electronics and machinery repair ranges from $902 – $1,093. For comparison, DEED data shows average weekly wage for construction is $1,139, manufacturing is $1,164, and mining is $820. The Fair Repair bill could bring back the neighborhood TV repair man!

Fair Repair will keep our air, water and land clean and reduce disposal costs.

Fair Repair will help slow the flow of toxic, hard-to-recycle, e-waste that is a huge problem in Minnesota. Managing e-waste is a big expense for our cities and counties -- which means it's a big expense for us. Keeping our electronics in use longer is the most powerful, effective method for reducing the financial and environmental costs of e-waste.

But we need your help. Manufacturers don't want a Fair Repair bill. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want.

Tell your legislators that you want the right to repair your electronics. Tell them you support the Fair Repair bills, SF 15 and HF 287 and you want them to work to pass it. Fair Repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for Minnesota’s economy.

· Tell your legislators you want Fair Repair. This site makes it easy to call or write them: https://minnesota.repair.org/

PS. ReUSE Minnesota contacted Senator Dahms about the bill. See the letter here. And, here’s a template that can help you in your phone and letter writing outreach efforts. Share these resources with your networks and help Minnesota pass this groundbreaking legislation.