Council committee approves appointments to city’s Workplace Regulations Partnership

A City Council committee has approved 15 nominations to the city’s new Workplace Regulations Partnership — a group that has been tasked with making recommendations to the City Council on paid sick time proposals for workers in Minneapolis.

The city received 80 applications from people interested in serving on the partnership. The full City Council will vote on the appointments Friday.

The group’s deadline for forwarding a final report on sick time policies to the Council is Feb. 24, 2016.

Mayor Betsy Hodges appointed three to the partnership, City Council President Barb Johnson selected two and the rest were appointed by the Council.

The proposed partnership group includes:

— Liz Doyle, associate director of Take Action Minnesota;

— Jim Rowader, vice president and general counsel at Target Corp.;

— Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Café & Catering;

— Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council;

— Wade Luneburg, secretary treasurer of UNITE HERE, Local 17.

— Susie Brown, public policy director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits;

— Faisal A. Mohamud Deri, director of risk advisory services for Experis;

— Brian Elliott, executive director of the SEIU MN State Council;

— Dayna Frank, owner of First Avenue;

— Molly Glasgow, vice president of the Metro IBA board of directors;

— Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou of the Minneapolis Labor Federation;

— Ron Harris, a community organizer with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change;

— Troy Lacroix-Dalluhn of Abbott Northwestern Hospital;

— Guillermo Alexandra Lindsay, a fast food worker; and

— Christopher Carl Pennock, an employee of carpet cleaning company Zerorez of Minnesota.

Following the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday morning, the #MPLSWorks campaign issued a statement supportive of the Council’s process. The coalition includes several groups advocating for low-wage workers.

“We are hopeful about the process and encourage appointees to work together to recommend a meaningful city ordinance that addresses the serious crisis that Minneapolis families are facing,” the group said. “Earned sick time is a well-tested policy working for employees and businesses in many other cities and states throughout the country. We look forward to crafting the best possible earned sick time policy for Minneapolis.”

About 40 percent of the city’s workers lack paid sick time. Low-wage workers of color disproportionately lack access to paid time off when they are ill.