The 15Now Minnesota campaign is urging people to turn out for a series of listening sessions on raising the minimum wage in Minneapolis. The campaign is advocating for a $15 wage requirement for businesses operating in the city.
“Our proposal for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all Minneapolis workers, with no carve-outs or exemptions, was signed by nearly 20,000 people and won 68% support” in 2016, organizers said. “The city’s own study confirms that $15 an hour would raise wages for over 70,000 workers in total [including] 54% of Latinx and 42% of Black workers in Minneapolis - with no significant impacts on business.
“The City of Minneapolis is holding listening sessions around minimum wage. We already know that Minneapolis supports $15 an hour but we can't let Big Business interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce water down our proposal …”
On its website, the city says the listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them. The schedule includes:
- Jan. 24: Latino community, 6-7:30 p.m. Mercado Central, second floor, 1515 E. Lake St.
- Jan. 25: Minneapolis Business Advisory Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m. MPD 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. S.
- Jan. 26: East African community, 6-7:30 p.m., Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.
- Jan. 30: East Town Business Partnership, 3-4:30 p.m. location TBD
- Feb. 7: Native American community, 5:30-7 p.m. All My Relations Gallery (Powwow Grounds), 1414 E. Franklin Ave.
- Feb. 14: Minneapolis Downtown Council and Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, 4-5:30 p.m. TBD
- Feb. 15: African American community, 3-5 p.m. NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave.
- Feb. 21: general public 6-7:30 p.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
- Feb. 23: general public 6-7:30 p.m. Urban League, main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave.