Minneapolis Dumps Scheduling Rules after Outcry
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Under intense pressure from business owners, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges yesterday dumped proposals to require employers in the city to schedule workers weeks in advance and offer “predictability pay” when schedules were changed. She is pressing ahead with the other half of a set of controversial proposals, requiring sick pay.
The International Franchise Association last week threw its weight behind the opposition, requesting members of its Franchise Action Network contact city council members and attend meetings against the proposals.
Minneapolis Works, a coalition of unions and other workers’ organizations that supported the proposals, expressed dismay about Hodges’ change of heart, calling it “incredibly disappointing.” Black Lives Matter organizer Lena Gardner wrote on Hodges’ Facebook page that she “could not be more disappointed. You’ll be hearing more from us. This is not the end.”
Minneapolis would have stood alone if the scheduling proposals passed, being the only city with such laws on the books. Sick-leave requirements, on the other hand, are in place in four states, 19 cities and one county, according to the Star Tribune.