(MPRN-Lansing) More petition campaigns are looking to begin collecting signatures as they take aim at the 2018 ballot. One of the campaigns seeks to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour.
The campaign also wants to boost wages for workers who rely on tips. A separate but related campaign wants a voter-enacted law that would require employers to give hourly workers paid family and sick leave.
Danielle Atkinson is one of the organizers.
“These issues of working families, how we make ends meet, how we care for our families are the most important things people are talking about right now.”
Both petition drives need to collect more than 250 thousand signatures. The earned sick leave drive failed to get on the 2016 ballot. A bill to increase the state minimum wage was adopted by the Legislature in 2014. The hourly rate will increase to 9-25 next year.