Minnesota Chamber, Others Pull Out Minneapolis Minimum Wage Lawsuit
From the Star Tribune, Brandon Stahl, December 29, 2017
"The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and two other entities that sued the city of Minneapolis last month over the plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 have now pulled out of the lawsuit. The chamber initially filed the lawsuit in November, asking for a temporary injunction to stop the minimum wage from going into effect.
But the chamber withdrew its involvement on Thursday, along with the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Recruiting & Staffing Association. Only the northeast Minneapolis-based Graco Inc. remains in the lawsuit.
"The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has decided not to pursue further legal action against the City of Minneapolis regarding its minimum wage ordinance," the chamber said in a statement. "Although the court's initial decision in this case created obstacles to this particular legal challenge, we believe a correct reading of the law would conclude that the ordinance remains unlawful by conflicting with state law."
Chamber officials said they intend to continue pushing for uniform labor standards at the Legislature and, if necessary, in the courts, "so that businesses spend less time complying with laws and more time innovating and creating jobs."
Graco spokesperson Charlotte Boyd said the company intends to continue the litigation "to preserve a flexible work environment and a vibrant business community in this state."
Public Affairs Breakfast Friday Features Dakota County
Join us the partners Dakota Regional Chamber of Commerce for January's Public Affairs Breakfast featuring representatives from Dakota County on Friday, January 5 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Commons on Marice in Eagan.
Scheduled speakers include:
District 3 Dakota County Commissioner Thomas Egan
District 7 Dakota County Commissioner Chris Gerlach
Dakota County Manager Matt Smith
The speakers will present on the county's legislative platform and initiatives. Hear about how Dakota County's team of nearly 2,000 employees in the 16 different departments plan and implement their initiatives.