Coalition Update, May 9, 2016
Coalition Meeting This Friday, 10:00 a.m.
The Workforce Fairness Coalition will meet this Friday (May 13), 10:00 a.m. at the Minneapolis Chamber office to discuss driving turnout to a May 18 public hearing on sick and safe leave. Please plan to attend and continue to encourage members and friends to reach out to Councilmembers. Click here for a web form to connect with city officials.
Read The Draft Ordinance
The staff presentation and the draft ordinance presented last Thursday can be found here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/meetings/legislation/WCMSP-175563.
City Timeline For Action: Only One Public Hearing—Next Week
Late last week the Council announced its intention to vote on the draft ordinance on May 27. A 3:00 p.m. public hearing on May 18 at City Hall is the only opportunity to provide feedback at a Council meeting. The Council intends to amend the draft proposal on May 26 (noon) but there will be no opportunity to provide input at that meeting or the 9:30 a.m. May 27vote.
Please share the draft ordinance and timeline far and wide!
Coalition Update, May 5, 2016
Workforce Fairness Coalition Statement Following Today’s Council Meeting
City staff presented its version of a Minneapolis sick and safe leave ordinance today to the Minneapolis City Council. As expected it was received with enthusiasm. Several councilmembers indicated that future amendments will likely focus on removing exemptions (casual healthcare, certain construction workers) from the staff draft. There was also mention of adding a private right of action.
Following the meeting, the Workforce Fairness Coalition released this statement with comments from Steve Cramer and John Stanoch.
The Council indicated that it is looking to vote on a final ordinance May 27. The City will host a public hearing and a Council meeting to work through amendments first, which may push back the May 27 date. A final timeline is due out this afternoon.
Please reach out to interested stakeholders and ask them to communicate with Councilmembers in the next week. It is vital contacts are made before councilmembers get comfortable with the proposed mandate. If that doesn’t happen in the next week councilmembers will interpret the silence as approval. If nothing else, it needs to be communicated that the timeline is way too fast for a policy of such significance.
Today’s staff presentation and the draft ordinance can be found here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/meetings/legislation/WCMSP-175563.
Information on engaging councilmembers can be found here: www.workforcefairnesscoalition.com
Coalition Update, from May 4, 2016
Preview the Staff-Drafted Ordinance And Tomorrow’s Presentation
On the City’s website you can preview the staff drafted-ordinance and a PPT summary that will be delivered tomorrow to the Minneapolis City Council. Click here:http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/meetings/legislation/WCMSP-175563.
The basics of the staff draft are similar to the City taskforce recommendations: 1 hour for every 30 worked; 48 hour annual max; 80 hour bank max; applies to most workers in Minneapolis; does not apply to independent contractors; use after 90 days of employment. Having said that, there is a lot of new detail in the draft ordinance language. The draft ordinance would apply to organizations with six or more employees and has July 1, 2017 as the implementation date. Also casual healthcare workers and construction workers paid prevailing wages are exempted.
It’s important to note that while staff was asked to address concerns raised throughout the process, the approach to those issues seems to center not on mitigating them before the implementation, but rather addressing issues after implementation.
We’ll provide you any pertinent updates after tomorrow’s 10:00 a.m. Council meeting.
– The Workforce Fairness Coalition