Early in October, TwinWest joined the Workforce Fairness Coalition to oppose Minneapolis City Council’s Working Families Agenda. The proposed agenda outlined a one-size-fits-all proposal that would greatly impact every business, every non-profit and every employee in the city of Minneapolis.
With an inflexible scheduling plan and an overreach of mandated benefits, the Working Families Agenda was problematic for every Minneapolis business. In a process that was clearly on the fast track, the agenda outlined a scheduling mandate requiring that worker’s schedules be posted 28 days in advance, and provide provisions for “predictability pay” for every change an employer made to the posted schedule. The agenda also called for allowing employees to accrue 1 hour of earned time off for every 30 hours worked, up to 9 days in a calendar year, and allowed unused time to be carried over from year to year.
The collation led by the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Retailer’s Association quickly organized into a voice for employers and employees throughout the City of Minneapolis, providing real life examples on why the Working Families Agenda was, quite simply, unworkable. On October 14th, in response to an outcry from businesses and employees, Mayor Betsy Hodges announced that the scheduling provisions will be dropped from consideration. In response to continued concern expressed by the Minneapolis employer and employee community, The Minneapolis City Council, under the leadership of Council President, Johnson and Council Member Johnson, announced “the establishment of a partnership group to study the impact of policy proposals related to workplace regulations on earned sick time and paid time off, including consideration of regional and cross-jurisdictional implications of such policy proposals.”
Members of the work group will include members of the Workforce Fairness Coalition and TwinWest Chamber will continue to be involved and keep our members informed.
For more information and to get involved in the Workforce Fairness Coalition, please visit www.WorkforceFairnessCoaltion.com or call the TwinWest office at 763-450-2220.