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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.”
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