Send A Message to the Attorney General of Michigan

Michigan families and workers deserve paid sick leave and a minimum wage increase to at least $12/hr. Denying workers the right to earn paid sick time contributed to the public health disaster we experienced during the pandemic. Over 4 million new people entered into poverty over the last year and over 95% of all U.S. counties can’t afford a one-bedroom rental on minimum wage. The blatant voter suppression being experienced in Georgia is nothing new to Michigan.

In 2018 Michigan Republicans engaged in unconstitutional behavior according to Article 2, section 9 of the Michigan constitution, expressly to prevent Michigan voters from being able to have our say. Attorney General Dana Nessel can right this wrong with a stroke of her pen. Please stand with Michigan workers and add your voice to this call for justice!

Recent individual, organization, and elected official signers:

Michigan State Senator, District 1

Michigan State Senator, District 6

Michigan State Representative, District 4

Michigan State Representative, District 31

Rabbi, Temple Kol Ami

Chair of Fems for Dems and Fems for Democracy

Mayor of Lathrup Village

Plaintiff

Michigan State Senator, District 11

Former State Representative and Oakland County Treasurer-Elect

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan State Senator, District 12

West Bloomfield Township Treasurer

Michigan State Senator, District 13

Trustee, Southfield Board of Education

Michigan House of Representatives

Madison Heights City Councilor

Oakland County Commissioner

Michigan State Representative

Trustee Farmington School Board

Michigan State Representative, District 20

Oakland County Commissioner, District 13

Michigan State Senator, 18th District

Oakland County Commissioner

Michigan State Representative, 69th House District

Michigan State Representative, 18th House District

Vice Chair of The Young Democrats of Michigan

Farmington School Board Trustee

President of Pontiac City Council and Executive Director of Oakland Forward

Michigan State Representative

Michigan State Representative

Founder of Fems for Dems, Fems for Democracy, and Fems for Change

Farmington Hills, Mayor Pro Tem

Oakland Commissioner, District 14

It's Time To Care for Each Other

Right now, the State of Michigan is threatened by yet another deadly COVID surge. The potential for mass evictions endanger the stability of many. We can not wait passively for change. Common sense policies needed to improve the odds of families and workers surviving through this pandemic are in the hands of elected officials and the time is now to enact those solutions.

Surviving in Michigan

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Living Wage Calculator, the living wage for a single adult in Michigan is $13.63 per hour. For a single adult with one child in Michigan, it is $31.15 per hour.

Living off of Food Stamps

In Michigan, 6% of white workers are in poverty. At more than double the white rate workers of color live in poverty (12.4%). When it comes to putting food on the table, 20% of all workers of color in Michigan have to use food stamps.  

Going to Work Sick

In Michigan, 68 percent of lowest paid workers —those making less than $15,000/year— don’t have paid sick time. Approximately 42 percent of, or 1.7 million, Michiganders working in the private sector do not have access to any paid sick time.

Employee Retention

A recent study by the Workforce Intelligence Network cited ‘higher pay or benefits’ as the top reason for employee turnover – followed by transportation, child care, and other personal conflicts. Nearly half, or 48.1 percent, of responding employers stated that tenure is noticeably different between their hourly and salaried workers.”