People’s Democracy Moves Forward in Michigan

Michigan Coalition Working to Get Minimum Wage Raise on Ballot

By: Josh Sidorowicz

If given the chance, would you vote to raise the minimum wage?

A coalition made up of civil rights and labor groups called “Raise Michigan” announced Monday it’s exploring the option for a ballot campaign, but has not yet started collecting signatures.

A formal decision on whether to move forward with the campaign is expected in the next few weeks.

“This is a big issue and we know public support is definitely on our side,” said Danielle Atkinson, the director of Mothering Justice, which is one of the members of the coalition.

Atkinson said she and the rest of the committee feel confident it’s the right time to take the issue to voters.

Recent legislation from Democratic lawmakers has proposed raising the rate to $10 or more an hour. The ballot campaign hasn’t named a specific figure yet.

The coalition would need to collect about 200,000 signatures to place the initiative on the Nov. 2014 ballot.

Members of the coalition include the Center for Progressive Leadership, Michigan United, MOSES, the Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC) Michigan, and Mothering Justice.


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