Highlight candidates support of $15 Minimum Wage with No Tip Penalty amidst growing consensus on issue
Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, who bring together nearly 8,000 people represented by SEIU who live or work in Minneapolis, are proud to announce the third wave of endorsements for Minneapolis City Council. This follows their earlier endorsements in Wards 2, 5, 8, 9, 11 and Ward 10.
As with previous endorsements, strong support for a $15 minimum wage with One Fair Wage (no tip penalty) was a deciding factor in the endorsement as it shows whether candidates will stand up for working families in Minneapolis.
The Executive Board of the SEIU Minnesota State Council endorsed in the following races:
- Steve Fletcher in Ward 3
- Council Member Abdi Warsame in Ward 6
- Council Member Andrew Johnson in Ward 12
SEIU Minnesota State Council President Jamie Gulley released the following statement about the latest round of endorsements, highlighting the wave of momentum for $15 and One Fair Wage.
“In screening potential candidates, SEIU members, like a majority of Minneapolis residents, have made abundantly clear their desire to see the minimum wage increased to $15 with no one left behind by carveouts like the tip penalty. Minneapolis winning this important fight would be a powerful step towards addressing the low wages facing too many working people, especially women and people of color.
“As we announce these endorsements, recent events like SEIU-endorsed Jeremiah Ellison winning the Ward 5 DFL endorsement are highlighting the new reality for Minneapolis candidates. It is clear that those who don’t strongly and publicly support this commonsense plan to address the racial and economic disparities in our city will struggle to find support from Minneapolis voters. Our families are tired of corporations and the wealthy getting everything they want from self-interested politicians, and people are standing up and fighting back. If elected officials aren’t ready to address what is needed in this moment, they should know that voters will find someone who will.”
SEIU is turning out members to Ward Conventions across Minneapolis to support SEIU-endorsed candidates and to push for the Council and Mayor to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance with no tip penalty this summer. More endorsements in Minneapolis will be released this spring.
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 workers SEIU represents 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 four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.