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


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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, like the campaign Facebook page or follow @MIOneFairWage on twitter.


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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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MICHIGAN DAILY: Fonda, Tomlin promote One Fair Wage at Power Center

“It’s important for Lily and I to bring our message to a place like Ann Arbor, where we can hope, even at a minimum, to help make contact with people, convince them to talk about this issue with their friends, collect signatures for the ballot, go to town halls and help develop a people’s platform that will help talk about all of the issues facing this country and this state,” Fonda said.

ANNA ARBOR NEWS: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda get laughs, push for higher wages in Ann Arbor

Lily Tomlin had the audience inside the Power Center laughing from the second she introduced herself as Judith Beasley, a middle-aged, career waitress with a Southern accent.

“Almost all of my life, I’ve struggled to make ends meet,” she said, addressing the crowd on Friday, Sept. 15. “Then, just when I come close to making ends meet, it seems like someone moved the ends.”