Its been an amazing week thus far for the movement for One Fair Wage in Michigan. Legendary actresses, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are participating in multiple events across the state, speaking out to advocate for a higher wage for restaurant workers in Michigan and nationwide.
The events coincide with our filing of ballot language—in partnership with the One Fair Wage coalition of restaurant workers and workers’ rights groups—that seeks to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers. At yesterday’s presentation at Kalamazoo College, Fonda and Tomlin spoke passionately about the hardships tipped workers endure relying on tips to make ends meet.
“I’m outraged that tipped workers, who are mostly women, live mostly below the poverty line and the U.S. public has to subsidize these incredibly wealthy restaurant chains with our tips to make sure these workers have a living wage,” Fonda said.
About 80 percent of tipped workers are women, Tomlin said.
Tomlin said many food servers have to rely on food stamps and Medicaid, government aid that would be unnecessary if workers earned more.
Read more about Tuesdays event at Kalamazoo College here.
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