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By Lindsey Fenner and Laura Hulscher All the Ward 6 and Ward 9 City Council Candidates on the Ballot in November: Candidates for City of Minneapolis elections had an August 10 deadline to file to be on the November ballot. Candidates for Ward 6 City Council (which includes Ventura Village and Phillips West in the Phillips neighborhood: Jamal Osman (incumbent) and A. Bihi. Candidates for Ward 9 City Council (which includes East Phillips and Midtown Phillips in the Phillips Neighborhood): Mickey Moore, Yussuf Haji, Brenda Short, Ross Tenneson, Carmen Means, Jason Chavez, Alfred "AJ" Flowers Jr., and Jon Randall Denison. Look for a City Council candidate questionnaire in upcoming editions of the alley! Long Vacant 628 East Franklin to Be Developed into Affordable Housing: City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) and Hope Community have entered into an agreement with the City of Minneapolis to turn the historic vacant building at 628 East Franklin Avenue into perpetually affordable housing. The building has been vacant for over 20 years, as various redevelopment plans have fallen through. The plan submitted by CLCLT in partnership with Hope Community will renovate the gutted building into seven condo units: six 3-bed, 2-bath units and one 1-bed, 1-bath unit, affordable to households at or below 60% Area Median Income. Hope Community operates over 200 affordable housing units in the Phillips neighborhood, including the nearby South Quarter affordable housing community at Franklin and Portland.  Drop In Behavioral Health Center Now Open at 1800 Chicago: Hennepin County’s new Behavioral Health Clinic is open to anyone 18 and older needing help with mental health or substance use. Services include urgent care and physical screening; Housing, cash and food support; and Mental health and substance use services such as Mental health screening and diagnostic assessmentsComprehensive screening for addiction disordersCase management and care [...]

Random alley Labor News

Random Alley Labor News By Lindsey Fenner Minimum wage goes up in Minneapolis:   On July 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $12.50 at small businesses and $14.25 at large businesses. The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance defines small businesses as 100 or fewer employees and large businesses as more than 100 employees. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage. The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online at or by calling 311. Transit Workers Reject Metro Transit Contract Offer: Members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1005 voted overwhelmingly to reject Metro Transit’s “best and final” contract offer. ATU Local 1005 represents public transportation bus drivers, rail operators, mechanics, and many other support personnel. Metro Transit workers have been fighting for pandemic hazard pay and safety improvements.  Nurses Picket at Children’s Hospital:  Pediatric nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) held informational pickets at the Children’s Hospital in the Phillips neighborhood in June. Restructuring at the Children’s campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul has led to downsizing of staff, which the nurses say has led to shortstaffing and fewer available hospital beds.  Unions Say New Pandemic OSHA Rules Don’t Go Far Enough:  After six months of waiting, unions representing frontline workers are disappointed in the new mandatory workplace safety rule put in place by the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in June. Although unions had been pushing for new protections for all frontline workers, the new rules only apply to healthcare workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), which [...]