Mayor Hodges Announces Support for Changes to Working Families Agenda Draft Proposal
 
October 6, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS)—Today Mayor Betsy Hodges announced her support for changes to the City’s Working Families Agenda draft proposal following significant feedback from Minneapolis’ businesses, workers and advocates for workers’ rights, and members of the community.
 
“Over the past several weeksI’ve sat down with business leaders and owners in Minneapolis to discuss the Working Families Agenda,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I proposed the Agenda this spring because it is clear that we have a problem in our city: everywhere you look there are cranes in the air, restaurants opening, and businesses moving in, but low-income and hourly workers — many of whom are people of color — aren’t sharing equally in our growth and prosperity.  Making sure that these workers earn sick time, can plan for everyday realities like child care or second jobs with predictable schedules, and are paid fairly for all the hours that they work is not only good business practice, it helps all our communities thrive now and lays the foundation for Minneapolis’ economic success in the future.
 
“Our businesses and workers both need to succeed. While there has been a healthy discussion over what a final ordinance will include, there is now a strong movement toward consensus. I will keep meeting with businesses and workers to craft a strong, workable set of policies, and I look forward to working with the City Council as we continue to incorporate feedback from all parties into the Working Families draft proposal.”
 
The growing consensus around changes to draft Working Families proposal include:
·         A shorter window of 14 days advance notice of work schedules
·         Establishing minimum scheduling standards that promote adequate rest between overnight “clopening” shifts and provide one 7th day of rest each week
·         Preserving the status quo for scheduling practices that include “4-10s,” or working four days for 10 hours per day, and split shifts
·         Phased implementation for smaller businesses allowing for additional time to establish new systems and practices
·         Seeking support from the city or other partners to implement the policies, especially assistance with technology or methods of predicting schedules
 
Draft ordinance language will incorporate changes based on the feedback the City has received by October 16, but input will be sought and able to be incorporated throughout the official process.   
 
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Published Oct 6, 2015

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