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Campaign To Hike Michigan's Minimum Wage To $12 Turns In Petitions

May 22, 2018

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A question to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour could be headed to the November ballot. 


The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage says it’s gathered enough petition signatures to force the Legislature to vote on the question, or it goes on the November ballot.  The initiative would also eliminate the lower minimum wage for restaurant servers and others who work for tips.  

Tracy Pease is a server who says women who work for tips are more likely to face sexual harassment on the job.

“It is absolutely ludicrous the way that these, the way that waitresses are treated.”

Business groups say a higher minimum wage will slow down hiring.  Republican leaders in the Legislature had no immediate reaction, but generally oppose increasing the minimum wage.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org