LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The fight to increase the minimum wage has been a national issue for years now and today people advocating for better pay are expected to march on the State Capitol.
Hundreds of low wage workers along with community advocates, faith leaders and other supporters are expected to meet at the Capitol building and they are calling the wage issue morally imperative, while stating that the root of the problem is poverty wages.
Michigan’s minimum wage is set to increase to $9.25 per hour by 2018 but the participants in the Moral Monday march are calling for a national wage of $15 per hour.
They want lawmakers to aim higher with statewide minimum wage and they are unhappy that Michigan law forbids local governments from setting higher minimum wages.
The group also says most of those who earn less than $15 per hour are people of color.
The march is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol and Moral Monday is a part of the National Day of Action which calls for local government to address social and racial disparities.