Hundreds march to City Hall in support of hourly workers

Credit: Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Organizing for Change.

Hundreds of people gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to call attention to the challenges facing hourly workers in the city.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Centro de Trabajadores Unido en Lucha (CTUL) and many other groups attended the march. They are pushing for sick leave, higher wages and fair scheduling practices for the workers. Organizers of the march and rally estimated 350 people attended. 

A new report, “Our Time Counts,” based on over 500 surveys collected by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, reveals that many hourly workers in the city have unpredictable schedules that make planning budgets and other things challenging. The majority of workers surveyed also lack sick time. 

Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City Council are working on policy changes as part of the Minneapolis Working Families Agenda to address the problems facing low-wage workers.

Anthony Newby, executive director of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, said he’s eager to see policies implemented this year.

“Minneapolis has some of the worst racial equity gaps in the country, and an opportunity to lead on changing labor standards to meet the needs of today’s workers,” he said. “All workers in Minneapolis deserve fair scheduling practices, earned sick and safe time, and strong enforcement of labor laws. We look forward to working with the City Council to pass these policies this year.”