Can Minneapolis Work for Working People?

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On-air date: 
Mon, 08/10/2015
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A coalition of labor unions and community organizations is calling on the city of Minneapolis to raise standards for working families by ensuring earned sick and safe time and a fair work week, putting an end to wage theft, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  The City Council has responded by setting up a working group to study the issues. Mayor Betsy Hodges has expressed strong interest in the  worker-protection proposals while stating reservations about  the $15 minimum wage hike.

Just how far can a city go in protecting its workforce?  Shouldn’t these issues be handled at the state or perhaps regional level?  Will unilateral action cost Minneapolis jobs or will a strong stand by Minnesota’s largest city spark action in St. Paul, metro suburbs, and eventually the state? 

Joining Truth to Tell to discuss these issues from both a worker and policy perspective are:

Alondra Cano, 9h Ward City Council Member and an early proponent of the $15 dollar minimum wage

Casey Hudek, organizer for the Minnesota chapter of Working America, an active participant in the Minneapolis Works coalition

And workers in area retail and service industries who are supporting the Minneapolis Works campaign.

For more on this issue, check out these links:

http://www.workdayminnesota.org/articles/hourly-workers-launch-%E2%80%98minneapolis-works%E2%80%99-campaign

http://bit.ly/OurTimeCounts.

www.Mplsworks.org

https://15nowmn.org

On-air guests: 

 Alondra Cano represents the 9th Ward on the Minneapolis City Council and was an early proponent of the $15 dollar minimum wage

 

 

Casey Hudek is an organizer for the Minnesota chapter of Working America, an active participant in the Minneapolis Works coalition