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February 18 2014

Fill-in-the-Blank Advocacy for Minimum Wage in Michigan

Jillian Kay Melchior

A Michigan organization with significant labor backing appears to have been caught fabricating a quote in a news release pushing for a minimum-wage hike. The Detroit News reports:

Supporters of a petition drive to hike Michigan’s $7.40-an-hour minimum wage to $9.50 undercut their grassroots message Monday when they announced their initiative.

The first press release sent out by Raise Michigan — a coalition of groups including Michigan United and the Restaurant Opportunities Center-Michigan — included a poignant, if canned quote.

Said Raise Michigan’s statement: “My family can’t survive on $7.40 an hour,” said WORKER, “It’s not fair that I work full-time, and be living in poverty. Everyone who is working full-time deserves to live with dignity.”

RAISE Michigan, the group behind the news release, is “a front group for a conglomerate of liberal groups, worker centers and labor unions,” according to the Center for Union Facts.

The sloppiness of fill-in-the-blank quote attribution is a bit embarrassing from a PR perspective. But it’s perhaps consistent with the underlying ideology, which favors setting compensation for workers without any consideration for variation in individual performance.  

— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for National Review as a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center. She is also a senior fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum.


Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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