President Barack Obama campaigned at the University of Michigan for raising the federal minimum wage, calling the proposal a “no-brainer.”
Obama is also using his appearance in Ann Arbor to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate.
It will be Obama’s third trip to Ann Arbor since being elected president.
Fast food giant McDonald’s has been slapped with several class action lawsuits on behalf of tens of thousands of workers in Michigan, California and New York.
A group has gotten the OK from election officials to collect signatures for a measure to gradually raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
The “Raise Michigan” campaign has announced a new number for minimum wage: $10.10 an hour.
Increasing the wage would help workers and the economy, said Atkinson.The Raise Michigan coalition is working to raise it to $9.50 an hour.
Supporters of a minimum wage hike in Michigan say they’ll ask voters to approve increasing the rate to $9.50 an hour.
Under the proposal, the minimum wage would rise to the “ballpark” of between $9 and $10.10 an hour and be indexed to inflation.
Hundreds of fast-food workers across Michigan are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday as part of a national protest.