#PaidSick4All Heads to City Hall

After over a year of workers organizing for stronger protections in Minneapolis, today the Minneapolis City Council introduced a paid sick time ordinance that largely follows the compromise recommendations developed by a task force of business owners, labor representatives, business associations, and workers.

April 2015: People's State of the City

April 2015: People's State of the City calling for paid sick time, fair scheduling, an end to wage theft, and a $15 minimum wage.

Workers, advocates, and business owners spoke in support of the compromise ordinance language in a press conference before the City Council meeting.

"We are happy to see that the Minneapolis City Council proposed an ordinance that reflects most of the recommendations made by the Workplace Partnership Group," said Ron Harris, organizer with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. "The proposed ordinance is a compromise that shows a clear alignment of community members and workers, businesses both large and small, nonprofits, and restaurants. The City Council listened to the needs of those who work in Minneapolis and don't have sick time, and unfortunately, these people are overwhelmingly women and people of color. Minneapolis has an opportunity to pass a strong sick time ordinance that will help close one of our worst in the nation economic gaps."


July 2015: Workers march on City Hall for paid sick time and fair scheduling.

Business owners also expressed support, and stressed that this ordinance would make the city healthier for both workers and businesses.

"I am pleased that Council President Johnson has introduced language that follows the recommendations of the Workplace Partnership Group," said Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Cafe and Catering. "The Partnership Group Recommendations were supported by a near unanimous vote of a broad array of stakeholders. It is a commonsense policy that balances the challenges small businesses face with the tremendous need in our community for more workers to have access to sick and safe time. This will be good for our community and good for business. I hope the council moves this proposal forward without delay."

August 2015: #MplsWorks launch at Avenue Eatery

August 2015: #MplsWorks launch at Avenue Eatery.

While the proposed language mostly reflects the recommendations developed by the Workplace Partnership Group, members of the Group noted a few changes that they hope to address going forward. Several Council Members also noted these differences, and expressed intention to amend these points in future meetings.

September 2015: Rally for better working conditions for temp workers at Target Field

September 2015: Temp workers rally for better working conditions at Target Field. Under the sick time proposal, temp workers who work at least 80 hours per year in Minneapolis would be entitled to earn sick time.

"I'm encouraged the proposed ordinance language reflects the recommendations of the Partnership Group, showing respect towards the time and effort we put into the process. This compromise reflected in the ordinance language will move towards a healthier city for business and workers," said Molly Glasgow, president of the Metro Independent Business Alliance and owner of Point Acupressure. "We also urge the city to move forward with a small business office that would support existing business and encourage businesses and economic development in Minneapolis."

October 2015: Rally at City Hall calling for sick time and fair scheduling

October 2015: Rally at City Hall for paid sick time and fair scheduling, shortly before scheduling proposal was pulled and sick time was referred to the Workplace Partnership Group to develop recommendations.

Hourly workers felt optimistic about the City Council's ordinance language, and urged them to pass the ordinance soon.

"Calling in sick is saying good-bye to a lot of a paycheck, especially for a part-time employee like me," said Shawn Akbar, who works at the Espresso Bar in the University of Minnesota Hospital. "We should be able to make the responsible decision and stay home when we're sick without being penalized for it. It would be a lot better to have sick days allotted. I'm glad the City Council is taking this issue seriously and hope they pass this ordinance soon."
April 2016: Ron Harris paid sick time press conference
April 2016: Press conference about paid sick time recommendations immediately before ordinance introduced in Minneapolis City Council.

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