I was pleased that the City Council voted unanimously today to begin drafting an ordinance for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for anyone who works in Minneapolis. This vote is another step toward the vision I outlined in my Working Families Agenda back in 2015. For the 71,000 workers who will see their wages rise—many of them women and people of color—this step comes not a moment too soon.
I’m grateful for the many workers who have spoken up and spoken out about this issue over the years, and whose continued efforts helped bring us to this day. I’m also grateful for the leadership of the City Council, particularly Council Members Glidden, Bender, Gordon and Cano and their staffs.
Though we’ve found consensus around $15 as the target minimum wage, and around the idea of one fair wage that includes tipped workers, I know there is still work to be done on the structure and the timing of the incremental increases toward that $15 threshold. Getting the phase-in process right is critical to both workers and businesses, and I look forward to seeing their valuable input throughout the next steps of this work.
This move will help create a more equitable, livable Minneapolis, where our both our workers and our businesses can continue to thrive.