Working Minnesota

Current Campaigns

Raise the Wage to $9.50 by 2015
Currently Minnesota’s state minimum wage is $7.25. $7.25 an hour is not enough for a worker to survive, even if he or she is lucky enough to be scheduled for 40 hours a week. Our state should be a leader, not a follower. It’s time for minimum wage workers in Minnesota to get a raise.
In 2013, members of Working Minnesota joined with the Raise the Wage coalition to help pass HR in the Minnesota House of Representatives, to raise our state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. In 2014, we need action in the Minnesota Senate to turn this bill into law.

We will be having conversations in our neighborhoods and at the Capitol telling stories about why this wage increase is important to Minnesota’s families and economy. To get involved, contact Chase Brandau, Senior Member Coordinator, at cbrandau@workingamerica.org.

Fair Scheduling Standards
The retail, service and healthcare sectors are now the fastest-growing industries in our state. An increase in the minimum wage will be a great boost for retail, service and healthcare workers, but it’s just one step in developing secure, family-wage jobs. Full-time positions with stable schedules are also vitally important.

In December 2013, Working Minnesota members met with the Minnesota Department of Labor to discuss employer scheduling practices, which determine how much workers will take home in pay, whether or not they receive health benefits and paid sick days, and their ability to balance work and life responsibilities. Minnesota workers need scheduling standards that support families and help make their lives predictable.

Key reforms include:
• Requiring employers to provide adequate notice of schedule changes, maintaining consistent and agreed-upon hours each week, offering full-time job opportunities
• Access to paid leave

Could you or someone in your family benefit from fair scheduling reforms? To get involved, please contact Chase Brandau, Senior Member Coordinator, at cbrandau@workingamerica.org.

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