A Republican bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour has passed the Michigan Senate.
It’s a campaign by unions to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage
The political battle over the effort to raise the minimum wage in Michigan continues between Lansing and proponents of a petition drive.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville introduced the bill about three weeks before the deadline for backers of the higher wage hike to file signatures.
A bill brought to the house by Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, would increase the hourly minimum to $8.15 from $7.40 in December. The minimum for tipped employees – wait staff and bartenders – would rise a dime to $2.75 per hour.
The bill would increase the hourly minimum to $8.15 from $7.40, while the minimum for tipped employees would rise a dime.
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.