Ward 8 Update Newsletters April 17, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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April 17, 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!

 

 

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City Council Approves Working Families Resolution

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In 2015, I will be working to develop three workplace policies, along with several Council Member colleagues and the Mayor’s office: promoting fair scheduling practices, paid sick time for workers, and prevention of wage theft.  Mayor Hodges talked about these policies in her recent State of the City speech as a “Working Families Agenda.”  On Friday April 17, I authored a resolution and council directive for city staff to begin work on these policies, together with Council and Mayor’s office participation.

These policies will be developed in partnership with labor, workplace advocates, our engaged business community, and other stakeholders.  We have many employers that today already utilize best practices around sick time and fair scheduling; their practices can help guide our work together in Minneapolis.  Here is a brief outline of what these policies would address:

Fair scheduling: Making sure that hourly employees know when their shifts are scheduled with enough time to plan, and making sure that if shifts are cancelled at the last minute, those employees are compensated.

Wage Theft: When an employee works their hours, they should get paid for those hours. When an employee works overtime, that employee should get paid overtime. If employees are not fairly paid our expectation must be that the employer be held accountable for those dollars that are, for all intents and purposes, stolen from the pockets of the people who work for them. The City can add to the toolbox of enforcement that already exists for wage theft.

Earned Sick and Safe Time: Every year in the United States, workplaces lose $250 billion in productivity — but 72% of that amount, or $180 billion, is because people come to work sick instead of staying home. And research shows that on average, one sick employee on the job will create one more sick employee. In Minneapolis, 42% of workers lack access to earned sick and safe time. And once again, racial disparities are at work. For example, 63% of white workers have earned sick and safe time, while only 32% of Latino workers do. The lack of earned sick time is also a public-health crisis: a report this week from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 79% of workers in the food-service sector in Minnesota lack it, and shows that 3,000 cases of food-borne illnesses in a decade were traced to sick food-service workers. Cities and states that have enacted earned sick and safe time have found that it has a positive effect on business profitability, reputation and employee morale, that jobs have grown in the sectors where it has been applied, and that there has been little to no effect on costs.

The resolution I authored directs City staff to create a workplace policies workgroup to:

·         Developing policy proposals for Council consideration, including subject matter and proposed ordinance language, for earned safe and sick, fair scheduling, and wage theft prevention in Minneapolis.

·         Developing a stakeholder engagement process that includes workers, businesses, and other interested and affected parties.

·         Developing a recommendation for studying the effects of establishing a minimum wage regionally and locally, including scope, funding, and development of such study.

·         Reporting to Committee of the Whole and other Council Committees as needed.

I look forward to continuing to update and work with you as we move forward to develop these important policies.

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NO April Early Mornings with Elizabeth

In April, we will not host our regular monthly constituent event, as Elizabeth is out of town for city business.  Join us in May when we return to our regular schedule of monthly events.


The Future of East 38th Street: Participate. Connect. Build.

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Fourth meeting: Join the conversation --Build our future together

How can we participate together – with government, business, neighbors, and community organizations -- in building our future?

For our fourth and last meeting (for now!) we will bring our past conversations about History & Storytelling, Development & Opportunity, and Local, Community & Cooperative ownership to the next level. Join us as we dig in deeper to set our work in motion on projects that neighbors have recommended for the Future of E 38th Street! You can view the facebook event page here.

We will:

· Refine past group conversations and recommendations

· Gain commitment on how to move our workforward

· Identify new topics that we have not yet discussed that are important to our work together

Refreshments provided. All voices welcome!

We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov


Sara Lopez Joins the Ward 8 Team!

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We are excited to announce that Sara Lopez will soon join the Ward 8 as the Council Policy Aide! Sara comes with great experience working with residents and businesses in south Minneapolis. Most recently a community organizer with Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Sara has led projects renters’ rights and livability issues, establishing PPNA’s Latino Advisory Council and founding Apetito por el Liderazgo / Appetite for Leadership. Sara’s significant experience includes work with the Latino Economic Development Center and managing get out the vote efforts with Minnesota Latino Vote, a partnership with Waite House.

Council Member Glidden and PPNA are hosting a “Goodbye & Welcome” reception for Sara on Tuesday, April 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the PPNA Office, 821 E 35th Street. Please join us to thank Sara for her neighborhood focused work and welcome Sara to the Ward 8 City Council team!


Last Chance: vote for storefront art at 38th and Chicago by April 19

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Throughout the months of May and June, the 38th and Chicago Business Association will activate two empty storefronts with art projects. Over 35 artist teams sent proposals to us and we narrowed field down to 5 finalists. The winner(s) will create their project in the 38th and Chicago corridor and will receive a $750 prize.

Help us decide who will receive the prize! Place your vote at the following businesses between now and Sunday, April 19. VOTING CLOSES SUNDAY, APRIL 19.

Cup Foods, 3759 Chicago Ave. S.
Covet, 3730 Chicago Ave. S.
Pillsbury House Theatre 3501 Chicago Ave. S.
Jakeeno's Pizza, 3555 Chicago Ave. S.
Southside Cafe, 3405 Chicago Ave. S

Check here for more information. The 38th and Chicago Business Association Pop Up Art Storefront Project was made possible by the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program.


Call for artists: Creative City Making

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Intermedia Arts is seeking three artists or artist teams (maximum of two artists per team) to participate in CreativeCityMaking Minneapolis (CCM), a collaboration with the Arts, Culture and theCreative Economy program of the City of Minneapolis that fosters collaborations between local artists and City departments to develop fresh and innovative approaches to address long-term planning, neighborhood and community relations, technological, engagement, and social opportunities in Minneapolis. During2015, Creative CityMaking will embed artists in five City Projects. Two artist teams were selected in February, 2015 to work in the departments of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR). Three additional artist/artist teams will be selected in thisround.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 24, 2015 at Midnight. Check out the available projects here.


Spring street sweeping begins

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Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. That’s when Public Works crews will start a comprehensive sweeping of city streets to clean up the dirt and grime the melting ice and snow leaves behind.

Beginning Monday April 13, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.

·         “No Parking” signs – Crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept.

·         Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping

and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.