Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin push minimum wage hike in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will be in Michigan this week advocating for and raising money for a 2018 ballot initiative to increase the state’s minimum wage.

Their events come days after the One Fair Wage ballot drive was announced by a group advocating for restaurant workers.

The measure would gradually raise what’s now an $8.90 hourly minimum wage to $12 in 2022. The lower minimum wage for tipped employees would eventually equal the regular minimum wage, too.

Organizers need hundreds of thousands of voter signatures to make the ballot.

Fonda and Tomlin will host public events at Kalamazoo College Tuesday, Wayne State University Thursday and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday. Private events also are scheduled, including fundraisers costing up to $1,000 per ticket.

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  • Lori

    If its MINIMUM wage it is bad, no matter how much it is. Minimum wage could be $30 an hour and it would still be looked at as bad with employee morale low and turnover high. Who wants to get paid the minimum amount allowed? We should be encouraging jobs to pay MORE than minimum wage based on performance, seniority, skill, and merit, etc. so that they feel good about their job and also feel good about doing a good job which is a win-win for the employer and their employees. If a mandate is required in order for this to become a business model for more employers then I would suggest a payroll budget increase mandate based on each business’s P&L statement each year rather than a bare-minimum, one-size-fits-all approach which only causes people to be less happy with their job when they aren’t rewarded more as they should be. If the businesses is making more than a small percent profit based on their P&L statement they would be required to increase their payroll budget with wage increases and bonuses as they see fit based on merit and other factors. This will incentivize their employees to do their best and stay with the same company longer, while increasing morale and productivity. When a training, low skill, starting wage, etc. can be low; it provides the opportunity for more career advancement and future growth for those individuals who desire it.

    • La la

      Diana, It is obvious you ALL like to be bitter instead of better! Of course the greedy business owners & manufacturers of Pure shit bog will protest- Advice: Stay in your nasty hell hole- Stay put because….No other state in the union wants you anyway!
      So happy I left you narrow minded trash scum a decade ago!
      Life has been wonderful.