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Michigan Workers Stand Up for One Fair Wage

A coalition seeking to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 per hour and phase out the lower wage for tipped workers announced the launch of a ballot measure campaign to take the issue to voters in the 2018 election. The coalition includes restaurant workers who are members of ROC Michigan, ‘high road’ employer members of RAISE and a coalition of other organizations. The announcement was made in Downtown Detroit in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue.

“As workers will tell you, we are launching this ballot measure because workers...

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Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Michigan Workers Kickoff Michigan One Fair Wage Campaign

We are honored to have two legendary actresses, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin on our side! They joined us for a series of public education events in Detroit, Grand...

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BAY STATE BANNER: Restaurateur commits to $15 wage

“Anyone who is an insider in the restaurant industry know that there is a hiring crisis,” said Alex Galimberti, a national director at ROCU. “It’s hard to hire people and retain staff paying minimum wage, especially in large cities...

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NATIONAL MEMO: Low-Wage Workers Want Respect, Regular Shifts And Better Wages

Sexual harassment is pervasive and well-documented. A study by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United found that significant number of women feared “financial loss, public humiliation or job termination if they tried to report sexual harassment from management and customers.”

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NY DAILY NEWS: A timely tip for the Trumps: A former waitress schools Donald and Eric about sexual harassment and tipped labor

One day, while I was preparing his usual cup of coffee, he said, “Hey, little black girl, you got enough milk in those jugs for my coffee?” I was stunned and embarrassed. I forced a smile, gave him his coffee, and went straight to my manager.

“Oh it’s no big deal,” he replied. “He’s kidding!”

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CHICAGO REPORTER: Campaign aims to enforce fair labor practices with public pressure

Centro modeled its campaign after a similar effort by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United or ROCUnited to secure better working conditions for immigrant restaurant workers in New York.

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