Today is a historic day in Minneapolis! The City Council just passed a $15 minimum wage!
When workers first started fighting for $15 years ago, we were told it was impossible: that $15 was too high, that there was no political support. But workers kept pushing anyway: marching, rallying, calling council members, collecting 20,000 signatures to go on the ballot when it became clear the City Council wouldn't pass it otherwise, fighting for the ballot measure in the Minnesota Supreme Court, and stopping corporate lobbyists' efforts at the legislature to preempt cities' rights to raise the minimum wage.
One year ago yesterday, delivering petition signatures for our $15 minimum wage ballot initiative.
Despite all the obstacles, workers built an unstoppable movement. And now, 71,000 Minneapolis workers are getting a raise, primarily Black and Latinx -- a momentous step toward closing our racial and economic disparities.
THANK YOU for everything you've done to get us to this historic moment.
When we fight, we win.
The fight to raise minimum the wage to $15 in Minneapolis began four years ago as fast food workers began demanding $15 and a union. By 2015, there was a full-on citywide campaign with almost no support in City Hall. During that time we were told that we were dreaming a little too big, that Minneapolis wasn’t ready, that we had just raised the minimum wage to $9.50, that raising the minimum wage to $15 would just be too impossible to achieve, and that we should reconsider to something more practical. "Perhaps $12 an hour?"
But workers kept fighting for what they deserve: a living wage. Together with our coalition partners, we have built an independent power made up of workers who challenged the political powers to fight for what they deserve, daring to imagine the politically impossible into reality and demand change in powerful ways.
On the day our office burned down, two years ago, we had planned a march for a $15 minimum wage. Despite the upheaval and shock of finding ourselves without a space, we occupied the streets as planned. We marched, we danced, and we raised our voices boldly demanding a world for workers.
Last year, in the face of inaction from the city, workers collected 20,000 petition signatures to take a $15 minimum wage to the ballot for voters to decide. When the City Council blocked it from going to the ballot, we sued them, and won -- only for the Minnesota Supreme Court to rule against us and strike it from the ballot. So now here we are. Minneapolis City Council has proposed a citywide $15 minimum wage ordinance that will increase in increments within 5 years until it’s completely implemented in 2022. The entire month of June will be the summation of the work we’ve put in the last few years -- and we need your voice! Here's a glimpse of our timeline:
- June 22, 3:00 PM - Public hearing on $15 wage ordinance. We need your voice! If you can only come to City Hall once this month, come on June 22. Join us to make sure the City Council hears why a $15 minimum wage is so important to you and to our community! Testimony will begin at 3:30 and go until the last person has spoken.
- June 28, 3:00 PM - City Council Committee of the Whole meeting for amendments. There will be no testimony on this day -- but if you can, join us to make sure the ordinance gets stronger, not weaker!
- June 30, 9:30 AM - Final vote/passage of $15 wage ordinance. Join us as the Council passes the final ordinance into law!
It's a historic month for the Fight for $15 in Minneapolis! Thanks for everything you've done to get us here -- now, let's take it over the finish line together.
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