Minneapolis, Minn — In response to the news that the charter amendment for $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis will not be on the ballot in November, the SEIU Minnesota State Council, representing 8000 people living or working in Minneapolis, released the following statement:
“Because of the tireless efforts by workers and organizations who have fought so hard to ensure all workers are paid enough to support a family, namely CTUL, NOC and 15Now, residents and workers in Minneapolis understand that our city must act to address the crisis of racial and economic inequality that is limiting far too many families. We’ve all witnessed the massive growth in income inequality over the last three decades, and the Fight for $15 has been a leading charge to push back on this crisis facing working people, particularly women and people of color.
“We are committed to working with those leading this fight to make certain this is the beginning, not end, of the fight for a more equal and just Minneapolis. We are firmly in support of elected officials in the city taking a stand to address the crisis of racial and economic inequality that is holding Minneapolis back, and to pass an ordinance that lifts wages to $15, something we would like to see in the region and throughout the entire state of Minnesota.
“The Mayor and City Council members have a chance to take this energy and use it to craft an ordinance that will make Minneapolis a world class city for all families, something that will begin to close the painful gaps facing our city. We will be advocating for them to complete that process and pass an ordinance as soon as reasonably possible.”
SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, schools, in your homes and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of the approximately 53,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the five SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.