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I was so excited that Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda recently came to town, and I had the chance to attend an exclusive dinner with them.
I arrived in joy. I left ashamed.
And now that the iconic entertainers have left Detroit, it is up to us to focus, without the sheen of their celebrity, on what we should have been doing, anyway: shining a light on unfair wage laws, particularly here in Michigan, particularly in the restaurant industry.
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.
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...