Hodges’ call echoes many initiatives the Obama administration is pushing at the national level. New Fair Labor Standards Act rules due within weeks purportedly will require workers to have regular, predictable hours. Similarly, Obama called for paid sick leave in his State of the Union speech in January.
Hodges appears to be walking a fine line between minimum wage hike proponents like the advocacy group 15 Now and business interests, which worry about the impact of higher wages on their bottom lines. One business group, the Minnesota Restaurant Association, immediately issued a statement asking the mayor to remember that restaurants “do not operate in a vacuum.”