City Seeks Feedback on ‘Working Families’ Resolution

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Provided by City of Minneapolis (Digital illustration by Bruce Cochran)

The City of Minneapolis is focused on improving working conditions for workers, especially low-income workers, in Minneapolis. In April of 2015, the City Council passed a resolution (see below) to create a workgroup to develop policy proposals around three key issues that low-income workers are facing:

  • fair scheduling
  • earned sick time
  • wage theft

The City believes that the benefits of fair scheduling, earned sick time, and guarding against wage theft, should be available to as many workers in Minneapolis as possible. City staff have researched what other peer cities have done in regard to fair scheduling, earned sick time and wage theft. They’ve also reached out to community advocates and the University of Minnesota for their input.

Proposals for fair scheduling, earned sick time and wage theft prevention will include many detailed provisions, all of which are still being determined, including the proper mechanisms within City government for any necessary enforcement.

Staff and elected officials have begun sharing these draft proposals with those that will be most affected–business owners and workers. The City believes that understanding the impact these proposals will have on businesses and workers will help achieve the best outcomes for all.

The City Attorney’s office is drafting ordinances now. These will be reviewed by staff and with stakeholders to understand potential impacts on employees and businesses, and then shared more broadly for additional feedback. Following outreach to affected parties, a recommendation will be presented to the City Council in the 4th quarter of 2015.

The City of Minneapolis has also created a workgroup to develop a recommendation for studying the effects of establishing a minimum wage both regionally and locally. City staff has researched minimum wage studies in other peer cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

Presentation to Council Study Session October 6

City staff and outside experts will give a presentation to City Council members on the Working Families Agenda during a City Council study session Tuesday, October 6.

The focus of the session will be on national, state and local data about paid sick leave (including data on access to sick leave and the impacts of having and not having sick leave), and unpredictable scheduling practices and their impacts. Minnesota Assistant Commissioner of Health Jeanne Ayers will present background information on paid sick leave, and Dr. Susan Lambert from the University of Chicago will present information and research on scheduling.

Please note the public will not have an opportunity to testify at this study session. There will be a public hearing where members of the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the City Council. In addition, comments or questions may be submitted at any time before October 16 at workingfamilies@minneapolismn.gov.

Working Families Agenda study session
Tuesday, October 6, 10 am
City Council Chambers, room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

 


 

Resolution of the City of Minneapolis

By Glidden, Reich, Gordon, Frey, B. Johnson, Yang, Warsame, Goodman, Cano, Bender, Quincy, A. Johnson and Palmisano (April, 2015)

Supporting a Strong Economy and Working Families.

Whereas, the City of Minneapolis has a long history and practice of supporting a strong economy for all and policies that create fair, safe and healthy standards for working people; and

Whereas, the City of Minneapolis has supported policies at the federal, state, regional and city level that further these goals, including adopting state legislative policy supporting an increase to the minimum wage and earned safe and sick time, as well as city policies on prevailing wage, living wage, smoke-free public and indoor spaces, equal benefits requirements for city contractors, paid parental leave, fair hiring practices for individuals with a criminal record (“ban the box”), and more; and

Whereas, the City of Minneapolis has established a community health board with responsibility for identifying local public health needs and implementing plans to address those needs; and

Whereas, the City of Minneapolis continues to support policies that create a strong economy for all

and promote the health and wellness of workers and their families, including paid parental leave, earned safe and sick time, fair scheduling, preventing wage theft, and increasing wages, through city policy development, state and federal legislative agenda, and regional partnerships;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:

That the City Council directs staff to establish a workplace policies workgroup, including participation as needed from the City Attorney, Intergovernmental Relations, Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), Health, and Civil Rights Departments, the City Council and Mayor’s offices, to consider state, regional and city policy support for earned safe and sick time, fair scheduling, preventing wage theft, and living wages. City Council participation on the work group will be determined by the Council President.

Actions of the workgroup in 2015

  • Develop policy proposals for Council consideration, including subject matter and proposed ordinance language, for earned safe and sick, fair scheduling, and wage theft prevention in the City of Minneapolis; tasks for the workgroup shall include design of a robust stakeholder engagement process that includes workers, businesses, and other interested and affected parties.
  • Develop a recommendation for a study of the effects of establishing a minimum wage regionally and locally, including scope, funding, and development of such study, no later than third quarter 2015.
  • Report to Committee of the Whole and other Council Committees as needed.

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