MINNEAPOLIS SMALL BUSINESSES JOINED BY MINNEAPOLIS POLITICIANS TO SHOW SUPPORT CITY-WIDE ORDINANCE FOR EARNED SICK AND SAFE TIME
Small business owners discuss costs and benefits with Rep Keith Ellison and Council members, announce ‘Shop Your Values’ map
For Immediate Release: November 23rd, 2015
Contact: Corinne Horowitz
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Minneapolis, MN— On Monday, November 23rd, Rep. Keith Ellison, Council Member Glidden, and Council Member Gordon, and other city staff toured Minneapolis businesses to discuss the need for a city-wide ordinance on earned sick and safe time.
Many businesses throughout Minneapolis already provide generous employee benefits, and are open to adapting business practices to ensure employees have paid sick days.
"Since we decided to open GYST, we have been intentional about thinking through creative ways to create quality, sustainable jobs for our staff” said Ky Guse, owner of GYST Fermentation Bar. “Making sure people can stay home when they are sick ensures that our team is healthy and productive and contributes to a positive work environment we want to create"
While some business owners don’t currently provide sick days, evidence from twenty other cities, where similar ordinances have passed, show low costs and considerable benefits.
“Toppers on Lyndale is our newest location, and we will happily implement this across the board in the other four to ensure equity,” says Davr4vbrbn Ogiba, co-owner of Toppers Pizza. “This is a common-sense, practical approach to a real problem; we don’t want anyone going to work sick because they are worried about the paycheck.”
“A city-wide ordinance for earned sick and safe time evens the playing field for businesses and organizations that already are competing in the marketplace and providing employment that supports working families,” said Lynn Hoffman, the Chief of Community Engagement at Eureka Recycling. “Supporting working families is key to the health and strengthening of our community.”
Small business owners also discussed the problem of significant racial disparities in job quality. "Now more than ever, we need to come together as a city and address the racial inequities” said Allison Bross, owner of B Resale. “Right now, half of black workers in our city have no access to paid time off, and it's even worse for Latinos -- nearly 70% have no sick days. Passing an ordinance on sick days is a step in the right direction”
“The great thing about having sick days is having peace of mind of not being forced to choose between my baby and work,” says Candida Garcia, an employee at Common Roots Catering, where sick days are currently paid. “It’s been a huge benefit, and something I hope more people can have access to.”
Main Street Alliance also announced a “Shop Your Values” campaign by releasing a map of nearly forty businesses who support earned sick and safe time.
“A recent poll showed that 90% of Minneapolis supports paid sick days, said Corinne Horowitz, of Main Street Alliance MN. “We encourage shoppers to shop their values, and patronize businesses that support their employees, the community, and working families”
Horowitz also encouraged additional businesses to sign on before the launch of the national campaign on November 30th.
The event came just days after the City appointed 15 community members to the Workplace Regulations Partnership, a group tasked with studying and making a recommendation on what an earned sick and safe policy would look like in Minneapolis.