Michigan Becomes the 8th One Fair Wage State and Prepares to Defend Raise for Tipped Workers

Michigan Becomes the 8th One Fair Wage State and Prepares to Defend Raise for Tipped Workers

The voices of over 400,000 people helped put the Michigan minimum wage initiative on the ballot in November, yet on their first day back in session, legislators used an underhanded tactic, by adopting it themselves in order to take it off the ballot, with the intention of gutting it in lame duck session to repeal a raise for tipped workers who currently earn a wage of $3.52/hr. Knowing the popularity of the initiative would bring people to the polls in November, they instead chose to suppress voter turnout among people of color, women, immigrants and the 1.1 million healthcare professionals, educators, service industry and production workers who would have received a much needed boost to their income, by keeping minimum wage off the November ballot. They also thwarted a $3.1 billion economic stimulus that would have added to the Michigan economy.

This is not acceptable, nor are we going to put up with it! We intend to hold these legislators accountable to maintaining the spirit and language of the original ballot initiative, to include all workers including tipped workers to get a wage and earn tips on top.

Here’s how you can help. First, since Michigan did technically became the 8th One Fair Wage state in the country, we do want to celebrate everyone’s hard work with our friends and allies, come mingle with us in Detroit and Lansing.

RSVP for the Detroit Celebration here!

Wednesday, September 19th, 5-8pm
Colors Detroit Restaurant
311 East Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
-Food Provided and Cash Bar-

RSVP for the Lansing Legislative Celebratory Happy Hour Here!

Tuesday, September 25, 5-8pm
Location TBD
Lansing, MI

Join us to protect your RAISE!

We have volunteer training and canvassing happening everyday across the state. Please sign up now for a training!

Ann Arbor - 9/18

11am and 6pm

Detroit - 9/22

12 - 2pm

Response to Legal Challenge From Corporate Special Interests

News from MI One Fair Wage

July 13, 2018


“We know that multi-billion dollar corporate special interests are not fans of direct democracy or raising wages for Michigan’s working families who struggle to earn enough to take care of their families,” said Darci McConnell, campaign manager of the MI One Fair Wage campaign. “We are confident that we have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.”

“The lawsuit filed in the Court of Appeals and the challenges filed with the Board of Canvassers lack merit,” said Mark Brewer, legal counsel to the Michigan One Fair Wage. “Michigan One Fair Wage will be intervening in the lawsuit to defend the petition and will be responding to the challenges filed with the Board of Canvassers.”


About Michigan One Fair Wage:

Michigan One Fair Wage is on a mission to make sure that every working person in Michigan can take care of themselves and their families. We want to raise the minimum wage to $12, including servers, bartenders and others who make the lower subminimum wage.

Our proposal would gradually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 and would raise the tipped wage to $12 an hour by 2024.

The MI One Fair Wage campaign collected 373, 507 signatures from across the state to put the issue on the ballot in November.

For more information, go to www.Mionefairwage.org

One Fair Wage Gains Momentum After Decisive Win in Washington, D.C.


News from MI One Fair Wage

June 20, 2018

One Fair Wage Gains Momentum After Decisive Win in Washington, D.C.

Overwhelming victory shows workers across all industries support One Fair Wage

DETROIT — The Michigan One Fair Wage campaign is joining others across the nation to celebrate the victory for One Fair Wage in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Initiative 77 was passed with over 55% voting Yes. The initiative would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 an hour by 2025.

“This is great news for tipped workers like myself. For too long, our struggles have been dismissed, our work unappreciated and issues ignored,” said Rachel Burnett, a bartender from Detroit. “Yesterday’s vote is proof that people across the country agree with people like me.”

Initiative 77 was opposed by a wide variety of business groups, including the National Restaurant Association. However, the campaign was able to lift up the voices of workers across the District of Columbia — building a grassroots campaign that overcame massive outside spending.

“Voters in D.C. have proven the doubters wrong. One Fair Wage is popular, and more importantly, the right thing to do,” said Dr. Alicia Renee Farris, campaign chairperson of the MI One Fair Wage campaign. “Our campaign will build off this momentum and bring together servers, back-of-the-house workers, child care and health care workers, and all who believe in a living wage. I believe our campaign is the right thing to do, it is fair and good for Michigan’s economy, and I believe that we will win.”

For more information about the Michigan One Fair Wage campaign, visit www.mionefairwage.org, like the campaign Facebook page or follow @MIOneFairWage on twitter.


Paid for with regulated funds by Michigan One Fair Wage P.O. Box 35174 Detroit, MI 48235


Detroit News: Letters: Readers defend One Fair Wage proposal

Letters: Readers defend One Fair Wage proposal

Re: The Detroit News’ June 7 editorial, “One Fair Wage isn’t fair to staff“: Long days, aching feet, treated with disrespect, lost pay and even homelessness — that is my life as a server. I work at a Coney Island in Detroit earning a base pay of $4 an hour, my reality as a woman working with clientele who make less than a living wage is significantly different than a person who works in a more upscale establishment. Our stories are too often overlooked when public policy is discussed.

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Detroit News: Group submits 373k signatures for $12 Michigan minimum wage ballot initiative

Lansing — Some low-income Michigan workers and restaurant servers would get a hourly raise under a $12 minimum wage ballot initiative backed by a national advocacy group but opposed by state business groups.

Organizers with the Michigan One Fair Wage committee on Monday submitted an estimated 373,507 signatures to the Bureau of Elections, topping the 252,523 valid voter signatures required to make the November ballot. Staff will review the petitions before recommending certification or denial by the Board of State Canvassers.

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