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DETROIT FREE PRESS: Michigan OKs $12 minimum wage proposal aimed at 2018 ballot

Organizers of a petition drive to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 got the green light from the state Board of Canvassers Tuesday and will begin to collect signatures for the November 2018 ballot.

The group – One Fair Wage of Michigan – is proposing gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2022, and for workers who receive tips, the minimum wage would get to $12 per hour by 2024.

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US NEWS & WORLD: Michigan Approves Petition Form for Minimum Wage Initiative

Michigan election officials have approved the petition form for a group wanting to raise the state's minimum wage and eliminate a smaller wage paid to tipped employees.

One Fair Wage Michigan — which is led by advocates for restaurant workers...

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MICHIGAN DAILY: Fonda, Tomlin promote One Fair Wage at Power Center

“It’s important for Lily and I to bring our message to a place like Ann Arbor, where we can hope, even at a minimum, to help make contact with people, convince them to talk about this issue with their...

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ANNA ARBOR NEWS: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda get laughs, push for higher wages in Ann Arbor

Lily Tomlin had the audience inside the Power Center laughing from the second she introduced herself as Judith Beasley, a middle-aged, career waitress with a Southern accent.

"Almost all of my life, I've struggled to make ends meet," she said, addressing the crowd on Friday, Sept. 15. "Then, just when I come close to making ends meet, it seems like someone moved the ends."

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DETROIT FREE PRESS: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin bring the fight for living wage to Detroit and Ann Arbor

Speaking in character as a beleaguered waitress struggling to support her family, Lily Tomlin told a packed auditorium in Detroit, "Once, under a plate, a mean-spirited diner had the sense of humor to leave me a silver dollar pancake."

Said Tomlin with perfect timing, "I got a chuckle out of that and I had a quick snack, but it did not pay the bills."

The laughter was infectious, and so was the spirit of activism as Tomlin and her longtime friend and co-star, Jane Fonda, appeared together at Wayne State University...

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DETROIT NEWS: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin advocate for higher Mich. wages

Actress and native Detroiter Lily Tomlin knows what it’s like to be an underpaid, under-appreciated waitress.

“The only time I ever got a 20 percent tip was when a customer dropped a glass of water on my big toe and...

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