#BlackWorkersMatter? Workers occupy Minneapolis City Hall
You might remember the White House Summit on Worker Voice earlier this month, when President Obama invited some human props to the White House to tell their stories of skipping meals, going homeless, working multiple jobs and earning only $8 an hour after 20 years in the fast food business.
While the#FightFor15 movement for a $15 minimum wage isthe most visible of union demands, the president also spelled out the need for flexible hours. “If you work hard in America, you should be able to take care of those you love, which means having sick leave and parental leave and affordable child care, and predictable schedules that give your family some stability,” said President Obama.
While it was Baltimore City Hall that was occupied by protesters last night, today Minneapolis City Hall is being shut down by #MPLSWorks, a group that is demanding that the city “raise standards for working families by ensuring earned sick and safe time and a fair workweek, putting an end to wage theft, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”
The Star-Tribune reports that protesters are angered thatMayor Betsy Hodgesannounced that she would back off her push for predictable scheduling regulations in the face of backlashfrom businesses:
Their proposal would have required employers to provide employees with schedules weeks in advance and provide one hour of predictability pay each time they adjusted a workers schedule. Employers would have also paid for at least four hours work if a shift was canceled or changed with less than 24 hours notice. Thousands of Minneapolis businesses would have been affected.
Workers groups said the proposals would provide stability for low-wage and hourly workers. They argued that regulations ensuring predictable scheduling, along with those mandating paid sick leave, would help erase racial and economic inequality in Minneapolis.
Is it just us, or does anyone else detect a hint of irony in this next tweet?