Employees need and deserve a strong ordinance on earned sick and safe time

I opened my cafe, Abi’s Cafe on Lake Street, in April of last year with a goal of both bringing authentic Salvadorian food to the Twin Cities, and also helping create jobs in the community.

I see a lot of workers — especially my Latino customers and neighbors on Lake Street, who work really hard and aren’t getting paid enough for what they do. Many of those people — who work in small retail shops and restaurants — are working two or three jobs just to make what someone else would be with one job. When you are working that hard, you should be able to eat a good pupusa lunch. Unfortunately, eating out is a luxury for a lot of people.

So when I heard about the idea of earned sick and safe time, which would help make sure people could take a day off when they need it and not worry about making the rent or paying bills, I thought it was a good idea. I still do — people need this extra benefit, especially people working in the back of the house.

As I work toward providing living wages to my employees as I grow, this ordinance makes sense — and is a huge benefit at a low cost. On top of that, I want to make sure the people cooking and serving our food are 100 percent healthy, and when I go out to eat, I expect the same.

I hope the Minneapolis City Council passes a strong ordinance, giving as many workers access to paid sick days as possible.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 05/27/2016 - 08:32 am.

    Worthy Goals

    Hope your business flourishes and grows in providing neighborhood stability.

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 05/27/2016 - 03:38 pm.

    It’s good to see your letter posted! We need to hear from more and more of the responsible and thoughtful business owners like you in our city and region, who see how hard it is to work at the bottom of the wage scale in America, and want to improve the situation for workers. Brava!

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