Tag: minimum wage

Why Democrats should actively fight for stronger unions & a higher minimum wage: Low unemployment + low wages = Corporate utopia

Why Democrats should actively fight for stronger unions & a higher minimum wage: Low unemployment + low wages = Corporate utopia

On this week’s podcast, we talked to David Pepper, the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, about the fact that Donald Trump is the most anti-worker president we’ve ever had. The truth is, America in 2019 is corporate utopia. We have almost everyone working and wages remain low. How is this possible, you might ask? How is it that wages […]

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Michigan Republicans’ effort to slash minimum wage for 18 and 19-year olds is still alive and still wrong

Michigan Republicans’ effort to slash minimum wage for 18 and 19-year olds is still alive and still wrong

Back in June I reported on legislation – Senate Bill 250 which would cut the minimum wage for 18 and 19 year olds to 85% of the level for everyone else. In defending it, the sponsor, Margaret O’Brien, claimed that it was necessary because “Most of the employers I’ve talked to in my community do not have a youth training […]

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Another attack on Michigan workers: Republicans move to slash minimum wage for under-20 workers

Another attack on Michigan workers: Republicans move to slash minimum wage for under-20 workers

In their neverending quest to screw over workers to benefit employers, Republicans in Michigan are now turning their attention to those making minimum wage. A bill that would lower the minimum wage by 15% for those under 20 years old was passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee today. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage), claims it will solve […]

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Michigan Senator Gary Peters joins 32 other Dems on “Raise the Wage Act” to increase minimum wage to $12 by 2020

Michigan Senator Gary Peters joins 32 other Dems on “Raise the Wage Act” to increase minimum wage to $12 by 2020

Today, Senator Gary Peters from Michigan joined 32 other Democrats in introducing the Raise the Wage Act. The legislation would increase the federal minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. The so-called Raise the Wage Act, which will be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate, will slowly boost the current $7.25 rate over the next five years, with the […]

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Improved bill to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25/hour by 2018 goes to Governor’s desk

Improved bill to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25/hour by 2018 goes to Governor’s desk

After the Republican-led House Government Operations Committee passed a terrible substitute to S.B. 934 that only raise the minimum wage to an insulting $8.50/hour and strips out indexing the minimum wage to inflation, the full House passed a version (pdf) that is much closer to the original bill passed by the Senate this afternoon on a 76-34 vote. Shortly thereafter, […]

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UPDATED: Michigan House Republicans vote to screw over minimum wage workers

UPDATED: Michigan House Republicans vote to screw over minimum wage workers

NOTE: this story has been updated HERE. The Republican-led House Government Operations Committee passed a substitute to S.B. 934 that reduces the final minimum wage to $8.50/hour and strips out indexing the minimum wage to inflation, ensuring that, if it is passed, workers will not keep up with the shrinking value of the dollars they earn. $8.50/hour means that full-time […]

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Michigan Chamber of Commerce wants taxpayers to continue subsidizing businesses that pay poverty wages

Michigan Chamber of Commerce wants taxpayers to continue subsidizing businesses that pay poverty wages

As I was reading a Detroit News op-ed about raising the minimum wage this morning (Eclectablog motto: “we do it so you don’t have to”), I was, of course, unsurprised to see them advising House legislators to reject the bill passed by the Senate to raise the minimum wage to $9.20 by 2017. According to them, “the Senate bill isn’t […]

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Will Michigan Republicans violate “Immediate Effect” rules to kill minimum wage ballot proposal???

Will Michigan Republicans violate “Immediate Effect” rules to kill minimum wage ballot proposal???

I was speaking with a Democratic state legislator today and they raised an interesting point. If the House passes the bill to hike the state minimum wage that was passed by the Senate last week, unless both chambers give the bill “immediate effect”, it won’t become law until 90 days after the end of the current legislative session which ends […]

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Michigan Democrats did NOT sell out workers on minimum wage. Blame the right people and GOTMFV!

Michigan Democrats did NOT sell out workers on minimum wage. Blame the right people and GOTMFV!

Hold the right people responsible and GET OUT THE VOTE! After my post yesterday, there has been a LOT of push back here at Eclectablog and on Facebook from people accusing Michigan Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, of “selling out” minimum wage workers. This is absolutely unfair and entirely untrue. Was this legislation […]

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UPDATED: State Senate passes minimum wage bill, earns Mark Schauer’s kudos

UPDATED: State Senate passes minimum wage bill, earns Mark Schauer’s kudos

This afternoon the Michigan Senate passed S.B. 934 which raises the minimum wage in Michigan but by less than an indirect initiated state statute ballot referendum would have. This legislation short-circuits the ballot initiative. However, the legislation as passed by the Senate does reflect some changes since it was first introduced. In the beginning, the legislation only increased the minimum […]

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Michigan GOP effort to stop raising minimum wage proves democracy is only for the rich & well-connected, not you

Michigan GOP effort to stop raising minimum wage proves democracy is only for the rich & well-connected, not you

As I have written about before, Republicans are petrified of a drive to put raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour on the ballot in November. It’s such a winning issue for Democrats that Republicans know that they simply must kill it or risk losing big on election day as more Democrats than usual turn out to vote in […]

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