City holding minimum wage listening sessions for the general public this week

The City of Minneapolis is hosting two listening sessions on minimum wage this week for the general public.

The listening sessions will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., and Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Urban League’s main gathering room, 2100 Plymouth Ave.

The City has been holding minimum wage listening sessions since late January to gather feedback from the community about a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis. The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing community engagement and research on the topic.

The community engagement work follows a presentation to the City Council in October 2016 by a research team from the University of Minnesota that analyzed the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.

For dates of other upcoming listening sessions and to take an online Minneapolis minimum wage survey, go to minneapolismn.gov/minimumwage.