food service workers http://michiganradio.org en There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-new-push-higher-minimum-wage-michigan <p>Several groups are calling for an increase in the Michigan minimum wage to ten dollars an hour.</p><p></p><p>The current rate in Michigan is $7.40 an hour. That's higher than the national minimum wage. &nbsp;Michigan is among more than a dozen states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal benchmark.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Danielle Atkinson is with ‘Mothering Justice’, one of the groups calling on state lawmakers to increase Michigan’s minimum wage.</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:08:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 13684 at http://michiganradio.org There's a new push for a higher minimum wage in Michigan Detroit fast food workers on strike, demanding higher wages http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-fast-food-workers-strike-demanding-higher-wages <p>Many Detroit fast food workers are on strike today. Workers from restaurants across the city walked off the job at 6 a.m. this morning.</p><p>Organizers of the strike expect workers from 60 restaurants to participate. These include McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Little Caesar’s, Burger King, and Popeye’s.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/1-day-fast-food-worker-strike-comes-to/9b335cb855614bd189e56dbc3bcbb105">Associated Press</a> and Detroit pastor, Charles Williams II, workers want $15 an hour, better working conditions, and the right to unionize. The strike’s organizers claim that most fast food workers currently make $7.40 an hour, which is minimum wage in Michigan.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130510/BIZ/305100382/1361/Fast-food-worker-strike-hits-Detroit">Detroit News</a> has interviewed workers involved in the strike. Claudette Wilson, Detroit resident and an employee at a Burger King on Eight Mile, said:</p><blockquote><p>"I make $7.40 an hour, the same as when I started working in the fast food industry three years ago. We're the fastest-growing job market in the country with the lowest pay."</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:34:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12513 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit fast food workers on strike, demanding higher wages Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-prisoners-may-soon-be-eating-aramark-meals <p>About 400 food service state employees may soon be out of work at Michigan’s prisons.</p><p>That’s after Michigan reversed <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-wont-privatize-prisons-further">its previous decision NOT to privatize the contract</a>.</p><p>The original company bids did not meet the state benchmark of at least 5 percent savings. Wed, 01 May 2013 15:52:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12352 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan prisoners may soon be eating ARAMARK meals