Let the People Vote for $15: Minneapolis Fight for $15 Takes on City Hall Obstruction

The movement for a $15 minimum wage is strong in Minneapolis. In two months of petitioning at street fairs and in neighborhoods throughout the city, 15 Now and our partners collected nearly three times the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Fed up with city council inaction, workers are taking our own initiative to end poverty wages and begin to address our worst-in-the-nation racial and economic inequalities in Minneapolis. But now opponents of $15 are moving to block our ballot initiative—not by debating the issue itself, but by questioning the legitimacy of using the democratic process to set the minimum wage.

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Let Minneapolis Vote for $15!

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Politics as usual aren’t getting the job done, so workers across the nation are taking matters into our own hands. Grassroots organizing for ballot initiatives pushed the city councils of Seattle and Washington, D.C. to approve $15. State legislatures in California and Oregon also took action on minimum wage in response to ballot initiative campaigns. It’s clear that wildly-popular minimum wage measures effectively pressure elected officials to represent the people’s wishes.

In Minneapolis, which has the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, the flimsy legal argument by opponents of $15 in City Hall is political cover for protecting the massive profits of big business. They know they can’t win this debate on its merits, so they’re playing politics and using bureaucratic distractions to try and slow us down. But with one in four families living in poverty, the people can’t afford to wait, and we demand a vote on $15.

We can’t allow opponents of $15 in City Hall to take the decision out of the hands of Minneapolis voters—those directly affected by poverty wages—and into the backrooms of City Hall, where the National Restaurant Association and the Chamber of Commerce will use their influence to block any wage increase. The victory for earned safe and sick time shows that when we fight, we win, but we need your help. Join us on August 3rd for a march on City Hall, and demand that City Hall let the people vote!

 

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