With 82% support for $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis, is it time to bypass City Hall?

The majority of the Minneapolis City Council is out of step with the people of the city. Led by Council President Barb Johnson, the majority say they can’t imagine a $15 per hour minimum wage for Minneapolis. Compare that to the 82 percent (poll) of likely voters who think $15 is a good idea, according to a recent polling performed by SEIU of likely voters in Minneapolis. Continue Reading

Fight for 15: Protest in Minneapolis for increased minimum wages

Protestors in Minneapolis rallied on Wednesday, April 15, on the University of Minnesota campus to demand a $15 minimum wage. Numbering in the hundreds, the group blocked traffic on their march to the Dinkytown McDonald’s where union members, advocacy groups, and supporters demonstrated support for increased wages and fair treatment in the workplace. The protest was part of a national movement that has been called the Fight For 15. Continue Reading

House passes lower minimum wage for tipped employees

Some waiters and other tipped workers could earn a wage lower than the state minimum, under a bill the House passed 78-55 late Monday.HF1027, sponsored by Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), would set a minimum wage of $8 an hour for workers whose combined tips and wages come to $12 an hour or more during a one-week pay period.Lowering the wage would preserve waiter jobs at restaurants offering full table service, Garofalo said. “Right now, businesses that are doing table dining, we are providing a regulatory incentive for them to move to fast-casual.”[Watch the floor debate]The proposed lower-tier wage is a dollar less than the new $9 an hour minimum that goes into effect Aug. 1, 2015, as part of a law enacted last year stipulating a series of wage increases. Employees whose tips amount to less than $4 an hour during a work week would make the higher minimum wage. The bill would repeal a part of current statute that prohibits the counting of employee tips toward the minimum wage. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) is the sponsor. Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) called the bill “wage theft” and said Republican backers of Garofalo’s minimum-wage bill were adopting Walmart’s “rollback” pricing policy.“Freezing wages for waiters and waitresses will not make our economy stronger,” said Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley), calling the bill “a penalty on people who earn tips for their hard work.”Rep. Abigail Whelan (R-Anoka), citing her own experience as a barista as well as the service-industry work experience of her mother and sister, said the bill would help struggling restaurants and “keep as many people employed as possible.” After misguided minimum-wage increases, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) said HF1027 is “a step back in the right direction.”The House adopted Garofalo’s delete-all amendment 77-56. Continue Reading

DFLer Vows to Fight MNGOP Minimum Wage “Tip Penalty”


State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul), says she is disappointed that Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has introduced bill that would reduce minimum wage to $8 an hour for for workers who earn an average of more than $12 hourly with tips. The bill will have its first hearing Monday in the House Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee. You can watch a live stream of the hearing starting at 12:45 p.m. on The UpTake. Murphy says she hopes the bill will be defeated in committee and not reach the House floor, but realizes that Republicans will probably pass the bill. She says she hopes the Senate or Governor Dayton will prevent the “tip penalty” from being signed into law. Continue Reading

Wage increase, organizing were highlights of 2014

The first minimum wage increase in nine years and the union vote by 26,000 home health care workers were among the highlights for Minnesota’s workers in 2014. The year was marked by major organizing efforts, both inside and outside the workplace, particularly among low-wage workers. The 2014 legislative session featured many gains, including passage of the minimum wage increase. A hopeful tone was set in early February, when the world-class musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra returned after being locked out of their jobs for nearly 16 months. Not long after, hundreds filled the state Capitol for a rally in support of the minimum wage increase. Continue Reading

Why you should tip…

Being a server means your income is based on minimum wage, and the amount of tips you earn. Serving in America is a hard job. Surviving as server means you depend on many factors for your income. Some of theses factors include your employer, employees, the government and customers. The government has the “power” because they control the amount of minimum wage. Continue Reading

Dozens protest Uptown McDonald’s for minimum wage increase

Fast food workers, home health care workers, airport employees and dozens of supporters blocked traffic outside an Uptown McDonald’s on Dec.4, demanding a $15 minimum wage and union benefits. More than 50 protesters marched into the nearby McDonald’s where several employees walked off the job.Thursday marked two years since fast food workers first walked off the job in New York City to demand a living wage, sparking a movement across the country. Minneapolis first joined the “Fight for $15” in September, when workers went on strike for a day at several fast food locations around the city. Just last week, nearly 500 people took part in a Black Friday protest at two Walmarts in St. Paul and Minneapolis, including dozens of retail janitors who walked off the job. Continue Reading

“Tip penalty” legislation tabled—for now

In a highly charged meeting of the state Senate Business, Industry and Jobs Committee Friday (March 27), lawmakers tabled legislation that would allow employers to pay tipped employees below the minimum wage, but indicated it may not be dead in the 2009 session. Under pressure from the labor movement, Senator Kathy Saltzman, DFL-Woodbury, moved to table her proposal that would deny tipped workers an upcoming 70-cent increase in the minimum wage. Instead, she announced that state officials would “set up a process where we’re going to bring people together to work on this.”
Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Steve Sviggum, Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Dan McElroy and others will convene meetings with business and union representatives to address the “crisis” facing many bars and restaurants, she said. Advocates argue Saltzman’s bill is necessary to shield Minnesota’s hospitality industry from the cost of a 70-cent increase in the state’s minimum wage, from $6.55 to $7.25, scheduled for July 24. The legislation would allow employers to pay workers the old minimum wage, but only if they earned an average of $12 per hour in wages and tips during that pay period. Continue Reading