Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Café in Minneapolis, and the Main Street Alliance of Minnesota joined a roundtable discussion this week hosted by the US Department of Labor ahead of a kickoff event launching a nationwide series of regional “Worker Voice Summits.”
Minneapolis hosted the first in the series of summits and local and national level elected officials attended the event and the preceding roundtable discussion.
Congressman Keith Ellison, Former House Speaker Paul Thissen, Senate President Sandy Pappas, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and other officials and advocates to discuss paid sick days and paid family leave.
Secretary Perez and Congressman Ellison praised the work of socially conscious business owners in Minneapolis and across the country. Their work has helped raise standards for workers by creating and supporting new workplace regulations, like paid sick days and paid family leave.
Danny spoke about the importance of a government that works alongside the business community in route to creating and supporting an environment in which both workers and business owners thrive.
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