City outlines engagement plan for proposed minimum wage policy

The City is moving forward with a community engagement plan to gather feedback for a proposed minimum wage policy scheduled to be presented to the City Council in the second quarter of 2017.

There will be several listening sessions/meetings in November through February for different stakeholder groups in the community to gather feedback on a proposed minimum wage policy. Following community engagement, City staff will do additional research and then present policy recommendations to the City Council in mid-May 2017.

The engagement plan follows the model used for the City’s new Safe and Sick Time Ordinance, which will take effect July 1, 2017.

The City’s new Workplace Advisory Committee, a group tasked with advising City leaders on workplace issues, will also be involved in the engagement process.

The engagement plan follows an Oct. 5 presentation to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole by a research team outlining highlights of a study analyzing the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.

The researchers used peer reviewed literature on minimum wage changes and replicated techniques prevalent in other studies to simulate the impact of a minimum wage increase in Minneapolis and in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Of the city’s 311,000 workers, 46,000 (14.8 percent) would benefit from an increase to $12 an hour and 71,000 (22.8 percent) would benefit from an increase to $15 an hour in 2021, the study concluded. Workers of color would disproportionately benefit from a minimum wage increase. Service industries, such as restaurants, retail, fast food, health care and child care, would be most affected by a wage increase.

The City’s website has a new webpage with links to the minimum wage study, key findings and an overview of the community engagement plan. Feedback and questions can also be sent to MinWage@minneapolismn.gov.

Published Oct 18, 2016

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