As Minneapolis appears poised to institute a $15 minimum wage, 15Now Minnesota and other advocates are keeping up the pressure to make sure it happens.
will rally Monday, April 17, at noon outside the Buffalo Wild Wings
restaurant, 2001 SE University Ave., near the University of
Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. They will protest efforts by the
Minnesota Restaurant Association to “carve out” the minimum wage
with a “tip penalty” that would allow restaurants to pay tipped
is currently one of only seven states that requires all workers be
paid at least minimum wage, whether or not they earn tips.
rally also will shine a spotlight on a lawsuit charging Buffalo Wild
Wings has used the tip penalty in other states to steal millions of
dollars in wages from employees by paying them below the minimum wage
during times, such as cleaning and food preparation, when they were
unable to earn tips.
Wednesday, April 19, 15Now Minnesota is sponsoring a panel discussion
on “Building a Fighting Labor Movement.” The program will run
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the CWA Local 7200 hall, 3521 E. Lake St.,
Minneapolis, and will feature representatives from several labor
week several Minneapolis City Council members announced their support
for a $15 minimum wage for businesses operating in the city, meaning
at least seven members of the 13-member council would vote in favor
of such a measure. The details have not yet been worked out and
nothing is currently before the council.
city held listening sessions on the issue in January and February and
plans to present a report at a May council meeting.
Minneapolis were to adopt a $15 minimum wage, it would be the first
major city in the Midwest to do so, joining communities such as
Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
7 in 10 Minneapolis voters support a $15 minimum wage requirement in
the city, according to a poll released last August by advocates of
the measure. Last year, a campaign to put the issue on the November
ballot was stopped in court. Advocates then shifted gears to press
the City Council to act.
proposal for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all Minneapolis workers,
with no carve-outs or exemptions, was signed by nearly 20,000 people
and won 68% support” in 2016, 15Now Minnesota organizers said. “The
city’s own study confirms that $15 an hour would raise wages for
over 70,000 workers in total [including] 54% of Latinx and 42% of
Black workers in Minneapolis - with no significant impacts on
>> The article above was written by Barb Kucera, and is reprinted from WorkdayMinnesota.