Bert Johnson: The people of Detroit will fight back

Senator Bert Johnson on the Senate floor November 1, 2011.

Today we are talking to Senator Bert Johnson about two topics: minimum wage, and the situation in Detroit with Snyder and EM Kevyn Orr. Here’s the podcast: We talk about: Minimum wage efforts gotten attention of people all across country Occupy + attack on workers +++ has created a different plateau on which to stand […]

Emotions Soar High During National Day of Action Protest

(Caption Information) Good Jobs Now Rally, July, 24, 2012, Southgate, Mi.

More than 500 activists urged Congress to raise the minimum wage Tuesday afternoon during our National Day of Action. These ardent protesters rallied along a two-mile stretch of Bain Capital-owned companies–Toys R’ Us, Dunkin’ Donuts, Michael’s and Outback Steakhouse–in Southgate, Mich., a nearby Detroit suburb. Drivers honked their horns in support as protesters chanted, “We […]

Congress, Raise the Minimum Wage!

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The outcry to raise the federal minimum wage is starting to boil over with no intention of simmering down. This past Wednesday, U.S. Congressmen John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced their “Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012″ during a press conference in Washington D.C. The act would […]

“I Hear the Store is Saving Money.”

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! “WAIT…they’re paying you minimum wage?” “I’m up for a raise soon.” The young attendant at the Meijer self checkout took my embarrassing, late night grocery store rant in apparent stride. “But…WAIT…wait…they’re paying you MINIMUM WAGE?” “A-yup.” I had just spent the past 15 minutes at the massive supermarket, trying to find a cat flea […]

“Wow! So it’s not my fault.”

A recent Michigan study confirmed what most of us already know: minimum wage isn’t enough to get by. The Basic Economic Security Tables for Michigan, a study that analyzes the cost of essential needs for singles and families across Michigan, found the cost of providing basic necessities — such as shelter, food and transportation — […]