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Published on February 29, 2024
Minneapolis City Council Advances Uber, Lyft Minimum Wage Ordinance with Strong SupportSource: Tony Webster from Minneapolis, Minnesota, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In what can be viewed as a progressive stride towards economic equity, Minneapolis City Council members have showcased their overwhelming support for the Uber and Lyft Minimum Wage Ordinance. Crossing a significant hurdle, the proposal passed through committee with a laudable 5-1 margin, offering a semblance of financial relief to ride-share drivers across the city.

The legislation, which aims to guarantee a minimum wage for drivers affiliated with ride-share giants such as Uber and Lyft, received backing from council members Robin Wonsley of Minneapolis Ward 2, and Jamal Osman of Minneapolis Ward 6, among others. The vote transpired following a day set aside for advocacy and discourse, wherein Council Member Jason Chavez actively engaged at OutFront Minnesota Lobby Day at the Capitol. It was during this event that he managed to also run into the esteemed former Senator Patricia Torres Ray. Chavez, brimming with the optimism of the committee's decision, took to Facebook to express his contentment: "It was great to run into former Senator Patricia Torres Ray outside. I was heading back to City Hall to celebrate our Uber and Lyft Minimum Wage Ordinance passing through committee 5-1," he articulated. as reported by his official Facebook page.

The advocacy day organized by OutFront Minnesota, which concluded with the panel participation, underscores the local leadership's commitment to not only wage rights but also the broader spectrum of civil and social rights. While the main agenda revolved around the minimum wage ordinance, significant momentum was palpably generated for other pressing issues championed by the organization.

This legislative motion is deemed to specially address the challenges faced by the gig economy workers, who have traditionally struggled to secure worker benefits and fair pay. In this move to ensure they are adequately compensated, council members appear to have to successfully resonate with the concerns of their constituents. Despite the clear path of victory celebrated by Chavez and his colleagues, the ordinance's journey is not over; it must still navigate the terrain of the full council and mayor's office before becoming enforceable law.