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