Raising the Minimum Wage in Michigan

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Thu, 2014-02-20 12:41

Raise Michigan is a coalition of civil rights, faith, labor and community groups representing workers across Michigan who are working to raise the minimum wage - because Lansing refuses to act! Raise Michigan has launched a ballot campaign to let the people of Michigan raise the minimum wage.

The proposal would:

  • Raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $10.10 an hour by January of 2017.
  • Ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, based on the Consumer Price Index.
  • Guarantee that eventually tipped workers, like waiters and waitresses, earn the full minimum wage.  They are currently paid only $2.65 an hour and would receive a $.85 an hour increase each year until tipped workers are paid the full minimum wage.

Raise Michigan believes if you work full-time, and do your job well, then you shouldn't live in poverty.  It's that simple. 

Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach a middle class life and provide a secure living for their families.  We believe enough is enough, and things need to change. It's time to rebuild an economy that works for us all!

Too many Lansing politicians are failing to realize that businesses and families are hurt by Michigan’s increasing poverty and income inequalities. Protecting workers and families through things like increasing the minimum wage is not only a matter of fairness, it’s the right thing to do for our economy. More money in people’s pockets means more money in the local economy supporting small businesses.

Stand with Raise Michigan and help raise Michigan's minimum wage