Ward 8 Update Newsletters - May 27, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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May 27, 2016


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

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City Adopts Municipal Sick Leave Ordinance


Today, after over a year of discussion and engagement, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance that allows paid sick and safe time for most workers within the city limits. Phased enforcement begins July 1, 2017. Currently, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lack access to paid sick time.

With this ordinance, workers that previously had to choose between being healthy and being paid now can rely on minimum standards, that allow them to earn sick time based on the amount of hours they have worked for an employer.  Minneapolis joins cities, counties and states from around the country that have adopted sick leave laws, responding to strong calls from residents to address the health and safety needs for these benefits. Currently, the City of St Paul will shortly consider a sick leave ordinance and the conversation has been raised in additional Minnesota cities including Duluth.

Thank you to the Workplace Partnership Group’s volunteer members, a combination of workers, labor, and large and small business representatives, for their work to find compromise and agreement on many important policy questions; the recommendations of the Workplace Partnership Group, led by its Chair Liz Doyle and Vice Chair Jim Rowader, are largely reflected in the ordinance adopted today by the City Council.

Much thanks as well to workers and businesses that lent their voices and opinions to crafting a sick leave ordinance.  Ordinance changes were made prior to adoption with input from both the business community and worker advocates, including special consideration (a soft start) for new businesses for the first five years of the ordinance, targeted assistance to small businesses, enhancements to the enforcement mechanism to ensure it works well for employers and employees, and more.

I’m proud to have been part of the process that led to adopting the sick leave ordinance, which will make a difference for thousands of Minneapolis workers – primarily low wage workers and workers of color.  I’m also proud to be part of a unified City Council and Mayor, that supported this significant policy after months of thoughtful conversations with Minneapolis workers, employers, and residents.  And I’m committed to continue to follow this work to ensure our implementation is thoughtful and done in cooperation with stakeholders from throughout our City.


Trans*Equity Resolution Approved


Today, the City Council approved a resolution supporting efforts to further transgender equity in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis first established a Transgender Issues Work Group in 2014, at the instigation of former City Council Senior Policy Aide Andrea Jenkins, now the Transgender Oral Historian at the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Collection.  With adoption of the Trans*Equity Resolution, Minneapolis takes further steps to institutionalize transgender work and make it a permanent part of the city enterprise, including establishing a formal advisory committee.

For more than 20 years, Minneapolis and Minnesota have explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on transgender identity.

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to address disparities impacting transgender residents, including engaging the broader community and making policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents. Originally led by Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, it is now managed by the City Coordinator’s Office.

“The City of Minneapolis has long prohibited discrimination based on gender identity, but it’s clear more needs to be done,” said Glidden. “The transgender community – particularly youth and people of color – are disproportionally affected by issues ranging from job placement and evictions to hate crimes. This resolution makes it clear Minneapolis supports and stands together with transgender community members.”

Community Meeting June 6 with Seitu Jones, Artist for 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge


Community Meeting Featuring Draft Public Art Designs
for the New 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge
Monday, June 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Peters AME Church, 401 E 41st St

Join internationally recognized artist Seitu Jones on Monday, June 6, when he unveils draft railing concepts for the new 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge. The 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge, connecting neighborhoods east and west of I-35W and an important connector to the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park, has long needed improvement to better serve area residents. 

The project was selected for Art in Public Places—the City’s percent for art program. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) is the lead agency on this project and the City is working in partnership with them on the bridge.  Jones is developing public art designs for the railing based on themes of connection, history, culture, nature and movement. 

For more information, check out the project website here.

June 12 Celebration of Public Art on Nicollet Avenue, 32nd to 40th Street!


Celebrate Aviary Art on Nicollet
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:30-1:30
Meet at Kingfield Farmer’s market, walk to 40th and Nicollet for music and program

Join us in celebrating the completion of Birds of a Different Feather, a series of public art works spanning Nicollet Avenue South from 32nd to 40th Streets, includes 2 gateway sculptures, 6 stools and 4 benches by artists Ben Janssens and Marjorie Pitz.

The event starts at 11:30am at the Kingfield Farmer’s Market where Chicks on Sticks will lead a parade to Ellwood Automotive, 3948 Nicollet, for an event featuring performances, arts activities and refreshments for the entire family. Be sure to pick up a scavenger hunt and walk/bike to all the art locations!

This a project of City of Minneapolis’ Art in Public Places and Department of Public Works projects.  Thanks as well to the following partners: Minneapolis Arts Commission, Butter Bakery, Ellwood Automotive, Casa de Corazon, Hooyo Childcare Center, Kingfield Neighborhood Association, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Metro Transit, Nicollet Ace Hardware, Ramsey Middle School and Valerie’s Carniceria.

You can find more information about Nicollet Avenue public art here.