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Contact Michigan Governor Snyder at governorsoffice@michigan.gov or by calling Constituent Services at (517) 335-7858 and ask him to veto SB 1171.

In lame-duck session, the Michigan legislature gutted the minimum wage law and killed One Fair Wage for more than 160,000 tipped workers who earn just $3.52 per hour plus tips. The voter-initiated One Fair Wage proposal was adopted into law and would have increased the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, raised the exploitative subminimum wage to the full minimum wage by 2024 and required employers to provide workers with nine sick days per year. Michigan legislators adopted the law in September to preempt it from going to the November ballot, which would have made it harder to later amend.

With a complete disregard for the 1.2 million Michiganders who would have benefitted from the full adoption of the minimum wage law, legislators chose to triple the length of the phase-in of the minimum wage increase and freeze the tipped wage at an embarrassing rate of $4.58 per hour. To further add insult to injury, this rate won’t take effect until 2030! Paid sick leave will be practically halved, from a maximum of 9 days to 5 days. Additionally, businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be exempted from providing workers with sick leave, up from a 5-employee exemption.

Workers in the restaurant industry, women, and people of color will be especially harmed by this cynical action legislators chose to take without any accountability to voters.

We call on people in Michigan and across the country to tell Governor Snyder to veto SB 1171 and preserve the minimum wage law with all of the provisions voters demanded. Tell Governor Snyder that people working for living deserve to earn a living wage and he should do the right thing and stand by Michigan’s working families.

Michigan working people depend on you. Don’t hesitate and contact Michigan Governor Snyder at governorsoffice@michigan.gov or by calling Constituent Services at (517) 335-7858 and ask him to veto SB 1171.