On May 28th, The Raise Michigan campaign proudly turned in about 320,000 signatures to the Secretary of State ... more than the 258,087 signatures required by law to let Michigan citizens vote this fall on a ballot proposal to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10/hour. MUUSJN volunteers collected over 5,800 of these signatures. Clearly this was a THREAT to conservative elements in the Michigan legislature. The legislature quickly passed a bill on May 27th that raised the minimum wage to $9.25/hour, allowed annual increases for inflation and allowed tipped wages to increase at a rate of 38 percent of the standard minimum wage.
On July 22nd. The Secretary of State confirmed that the campaign had collected -- by a small margin -- enough signatures. Two days later, the Board of Canvassers accepted a challenge to the count made on July 23rd -- 12 days AFTER the deadline -- and voted to deny our minimum wage proposal its rightful place on the 2014 ballot. This travesty of due process
undermined democracy one more time.
Take comfort that PEOPLE POWER PRESSURED THE LEGISLATURE to do the right thing of raising the minimum wage, even though the minimum wage still does not lift workers above the poverty level.
Michigan Unitarian Universalist
Social Justice Network
.Who We Are:
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) is a state-wide network of Unitarian Universalists and our allies who work together for progressive change.
On the eve of 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, UUs and other people of faith held vigils for marriage equality in Flint, Lansing, Warren & Grand Rapids.
INTERFAITH VIGIL for young refugees in Vassar, MI on 7/31 draws 250 people taking a stand for compassion.
(L-R) Jim Lewis, Birmingham Unitarian Church (BUC), Randy Block, Annis Pratt (BUC); and Dr. Paul von Oeyen (Congregational Church United Church of Christ of Birmingham).
Click HERE to read Michigan Public Radio article about this event.
MUUSJN has been working with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization on a water as a human right campaign to restore water to low-income Detroit families and to establish a just system to provide affordable water. On July 24th, MUUSJN joined the UUSC in delivering to the Mayor (through the Detroit City Council), the Emergency Manager and the Director of the DWSD over 6,000 signatures on a UU petition calling for a moratorium of shutoffs and the adoption of a water affordability plan. With pressure from many organizations, the Emergency Manager turned over management of the DWSD to Mayor Mike Duggan who extended a moratorium on shutoffs and presented a less than ideal "10 Point Plan" for paying water bills that doesn't assure the peoples' right to affordable water. We will continue work for justice.