MINNEAPOLIS COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS

Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, June 17, 2013

Minneapolis City Hall, Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room - 241

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN

 

6:09 PM: President Froehle Calls the Meeting to Order

 

Roll Call

Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Lonnie Nichols, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Carina Aleckson, Danielle Shelton Walczak, G. Christine Peters, Wendy Adler Robinson, Emily Froehle, Michael Harralson, Kenneth Fukuda, Patricia Nelson, Adosh Unni, Gerald Strauss

 

Commissioners Absent: Jennifer Thompson, Peter Larsen, Arlene Santiago, Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Terrance Noble, Marla Khan

 

City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun, Michael McHugh

 

Guest(s): None

 

Acceptance of June 17, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.

 

Approval May 20, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle and approved by consensus; Unni, Strauss, Nelson abstain.

 

Committee reports and updates to the full commission:

Contract Compliance:

Chair Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall.

Assistant Director Michael McHugh presents a report on Construction Pay Statistics in the City of Minneapolis which shows (on average) that Caucasian workers earn above and Minority workers earn below the average hourly wage.  McHugh indicates that one contributor to the discrepancy in average hourly earnings is that employment of minorities tends to be strong in single family home construction, which is not regulated by prevailing wage law.

 

Standards and Procedures: Chair Danielle Shelton Walczak, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:00 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  Chair Shelton Walzcak reminds the Commission of the importance to provide input for and in response to proposed edits and changes to Minneapolis Cod of Ordinances, Title 7 – Civil Rights, Chapter 141 – Administration and Enforcement.  S&P met on June 13 to start review with Chair Shelton Walzcak to delegate sections to S&P members and other commissioners who choose to participate.  Next meeting was tentatively scheduled for June 20 at 5 pm in City Hall-room 241; and staff Lee Zutz will send out an electronic availability calendar via email to schedule an all commissioners invited S&P meeting(s) to review the ordinance prior to the July full Commission meeting.

 

Public Relations and Education: Co-Chairs, Bernadette Casey and Marla Khan, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  PR&E discussed submittals and the wording for the question for this year’s Minneapolis MLK Essay.  The full Commission provides feedback on wording for the question, with the PR&E to finalize and report back in July.

 

The MCCR Executive Committee meets immediately after the monthly full commission meeting and is comprised of MCCR Officers and Committee Chairs: next meeting is July 15, 2013.

 

League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Patricia Nelson, District Director of the MLHRC; League website  www.LeagueofMNHumanRights.org

The Minneapolis MLK winner received an Honorable Mention Award at the State of MN competition.  In light of Minneapolis developing its own MLK essay question, The League is evaluating how it implements the State MLK essay competition.  The meets eight (8) times per year with the next meeting scheduled for June 22.

 

Assistant Director (AD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division indicates that the Department is experimenting with early mediation to resolve cases.  Early mediation must be offered within 30 days of the initial case filing.

A power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB) is given.  As of June 17, 2013, there were 95 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 50 cases that have been submitted for the Department’s 2013 EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) contract.  There are 4 current cases under review by the Commission: 1 Probable Cause (PC), 2 No Probable Cause (NPC), 1 Dismissal.

Two events in the month of June are announced: Second Chance Saturday (Mediation/Restorative Justice oriented); PRIDE festival in Loring Park.  AD Newborn says that the Juneteenth Celebration went well and please sign up for a time at PRIDE.

 

Chairs report: Froehle invites a commissioner(s) to provide a brief check-in and update of their outreach activities on behalf of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights.  Commissioner Aleckson shared that in her work as a Salvation Army employee, she interacted with a Contractor who spoke complimentary of the City of Minneapolis Contract Compliance division’s efforts to advocate for Equal Opportunity Employment.

Chair Froehle says that if needed, the Appeals Committee is Fukuda, Aleckson, and Froehle, with Casey as Alternate.

 

Public Comment: None

 

Adjournment at 7:07 pm, moved by Harralson, second by Strauss, approved by all.

Last updated Aug 29, 2013