Statement Regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis
Friday, 27 May 2016 09:44
Unanimous Passage of Minneapolis Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance represents a historic victory for Minneapolis Working Families
The Minneapolis City Council’s unanimous passage of a comprehensive Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance is a historic victory for working families in Minneapolis. More than 80,000 workers in Minneapolis will now have the ability to take up to 6 paid sick days a year to care for themselves or their family members through illness or crisis.
This historic victory belongs to the incredible organizing and courageous leadership of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), CTUL, TakeAction Minnesota, Mainstreet Alliance and Jewish Community Action. ISAIAH joined the effort last October. Since then, ISAIAH leaders had more than 1,000 direct contacts with City Council members on this issue, and more than 400 leaders participated in meetings with Council Members Frey, Quincy, Palmisano, Warsame and Council President Johnson.
We commend Minneapolis for an intentional process of engaging workers, community members and business owners towards a strong paid sick days policy for workers across Minneapolis.
All workers in Minnesota need access to Earned Sick and Safe Time, and ISAIAH is proud to be leading the way toward paid sick days for all in Saint Paul.