Some 150,000 workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul will start accruing earned sick and safe time Saturday, July 1, thanks to ordinances approved by their city councils and protected by a veto from Governor Mark Dayton.
With an agreement on the state budget in doubt – and only days remaining in the 2017 legislative session – groups are urging Governor Mark Dayton to stop any attempts to incorporate or otherwise pass a measure undermining local government control and revoking Minneapolis and St. Paul earned sick and safe time ordinances.
By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, Minneapolis Labor Review
It’s been amazing to see the work done over the last several years to create a conversation in our local communities about workplace issues. All that effort could be undermined by proposals before the Minnesota Legislature.
Local elected officials from Twin Cities suburbs are urging Governor Mark Dayton to veto legislation that would strip local government’s authority to raise labor standards for working people in their communities.
With time running out in this year’s legislative session, workers urged lawmakers to make permanent a policy that provides up to six weeks of paid parental leave for state employees who have babies or adopt children.
Corporate special interests clashed with working people during a Capitol hearing on legislation that would roll back ordinances extending earned sick and safe time to an estimated 150,000 workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Minnesota has become the fourth state in the nation to offer state employees paid parental leave. The temporary measure benefits some 35,000 families and will become permanent if approved by the Legislature.
MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, led a coalition of state employee unions in advocating for the new policy.