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Ypsilanti Mayor Joins Call For Minimum Wage Hike For City Workers And Contractors

Feb 20, 2014

Efforts to boost the minimum wage are underway at all levels of government, and now you can add Ypsilanti to the list.  MLive.com reported this morning City Councilman Peter Murdock is planning to introduce a resolution to boost the minimum wage from the current  $7.40 to $10.10 per hour. 

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber supports increase in city minimum wage
Credit Erica Hamilton

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schrieber says that's the same amount President Obama's executive order creates for federal contract workers, and mirrors the amount sought by a coalition launching a statewide petition drive. If successful that drive would force the Michigan Legislature to approve the increase, or it goes to a vote of the public. 

Schrieber told 89.1 WEMU this morning he fully supports the a local increase.  He says the issue goes beyond a discussion of job creation or loss, and hits at the heart of how a society takes care of the under-advantaged.