Stop spending tax dollars for vote theft, spend it to fight wage theft!
Answering calls from big-business interests like the Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges have directed City Attorney Susan Segal to contract an outside law firm specializing in lobbying the state government to help block $15/hour at the Minnesota Supreme Court.
We demand Mayor Hodges and the City Council stop wasting taxpayer money on costly attorneys to defend the Chamber of Commerce. They have the power to stop this appeal. Monday’s Court ruling was clear: the City acted undemocratically and the people of Minneapolis have the right to vote to end poverty wages.
One of the lawyers representing the City of Minneapolis in this case is Charles Nauen. Back in 2012, he worked with Susan Segal to figure out how to circumvent the city charter and force Minneapolis residents to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to construct US Bank Stadium. This time they’re teaming up to hide behind the city’s legal interpretation to defend poverty wages.
To me, it’s clear that big business interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce pull the strings at City Hall.
We urgently need your help. The county has bent the rules to accommodate the appeal and accommodate big business, extending the deadline to print finalized ballots. Now we need to go back to court a second time to defend our democratic right to decide minimum wage, when we should be preparing to take on big business with one of the biggest grassroots campaigns Minneapolis has ever seen.
Mayor Hodges and City Council hired the firm Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. Attorneys at Law to block $15/hr. The firm specializes in lobbying the state government, and their motto is “From the Courtroom to the Capitol.” Under the “Government Relations” section of their website, they say:
It is our goal to strategically assist our clients with state policy leaders. We work with our clients to formulate a thoughtful and effective strategy to implement their legislative and administrative agenda... to maximize their influence on public policy.
We can’t let City Hall continue using taxpayer money to lobby for big business! We need to take action now. Here are three things you can do:
2. Sign and share the petition to demand the City of Minneapolis drop the appeal.
3. Call your City Council Member and Mayor Hodges and demand they drop the Supreme Court Appeal to block $15/hour.
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Mayor Betsy Hodges- (612) 673-2100
Ward 1- Kevin Reich- (612) 673-2201
Ward 2- Cam Gordon- (612) 673-2201
Ward 3- Jacob Frey- (612) 673-2203
Ward 4- Barbara A Johnson- (612) 673-2204
Ward 5- Blong Yang- (612) 673-2205
Ward 6- Abdi Warsame- (612) 673-2206
Ward 7- Lisa Goodman- (612) 673-2207
Ward 8- Elizabeth Glidden- (612) 673-2208
Ward 9- Alondra Cano- (612) 673-2209
Ward 10- Lisa Bender- (612) 673-2210
Ward 11- John Quincy- (612) 673-2211
Ward 12- Andrew Johnson- (612) 673-2212
Ward 13- Linea Palmisano- (612) 673-2213
Thanks for taking the time to demand Mayor Hodges and City Council stop trying to block us and let Minneapolis vote.
Executive Director, 15 Now Minnesota