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News from MI One Fair Wage
July 13, 2018
STATEMENT FROM THE MICHIGAN ONE FAIR WAGE CAMPAIGN TO CHALLENGES TO THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES COLLECTED IN SUPPORT OF RAISING MICHIGAN’S MINIMUM WAGE:
“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
Democratic Platform Draft Calls for $15 Minimum for All, Elimination of Tipped Wage
The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee issued a draft of the policy positions Sec. Clinton will be running on this November. As cited in a statement by Clinton campaign senior policy advisor Maya Harris, it “contains ambitious, progressive principles on wages, stating that working people should earn at least $15 an hour, citing New York’s minimum wage law and calling for raising and indexing the federal minimum wage. It also calls for the elimination of the ‘tipped’ wage and for the right of workers to form or join a union.”
Washington D.C. — Today, at a press conference outside the Wilson Building, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United joined with Washington D.C.’s tipped workers to re-file a ballot initiative that will eliminate the unfair, lower tipped minimum wage in D.C, and establish One Fair Wage for all workers.
Today, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) released “Tipped Over: Employer Liability in a Two-Tiered Wage State,” a report that examines how rules necessary to regulate the subminimum wage system, including the so-called ‘80-20 Rule,’ create tremendous liabilities for both employers and employees in New York State.
“Today, the Washington D.C. City Council voted against one fair wage for the District’s tipped workers when it raised the non-tipped minimum to $15. While this is a positive step for many workers in the area, this deal was made on the backs of over 29,000 hard working women and men, and many people of color, in the restaurant industry. These workers experience poverty at nearly twice the rate of other D.C. workers. Nine out of ten of D.C.’s tipped restaurant workers experience some kind of sexual harassment on the job because of their subminimum wage status. This wage deal, carved in backrooms with the help of the National Restaurant Association, is a disgrace for Washington D.C.
Today’s first DC Council hearing on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/ hour was packed with supporters and critics. DC for $15 advocates were out in force, urging the mayor and council to go further in their proposal and not leave out tipped workers. While both the Mayor’s proposal and the ballot measure would increase the wage to $15, the initiative alone would eliminate the tipped penalty, creating one fair minimum wage for all workers.