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Michigan employee rights, minimum wage protest

Minimum wage has been a concept fought over since its conception. Many people believe that they should be paid more than their state's minimum wage, which is $7.40 in Michigan. As the economy struggles and unemployment levels fluctuate, more people are forced to take minimum wage jobs and still be expected to support themselves and potentially their family. Michigan is no stranger to the rampant bankruptcies and plant closings due to the poor economy. Recently, workers and organizations gathered together to protest the minimum wage received at a popular supermarket chain and exercise their employee rights to protest and request

The workers at this supermarket are experiencing employment problems. They feel as if they do not earn as much money as they should, and they decided to protest. Nearly one hundred people came to assist their demonstration. Groups such as United Auto Workers and Steel Workers, Good Jobs Now, Service Employees and Food and Commercial Workers unions came to support the protestors.

It can be intimidating to protest such a large company. Many workers fear retaliatory actions which in some cases have resulted in even worse conditions for employees. However, sometimes taking a public stand is necessary to get one's caused noticed and for action to start towards resolving the conflict.

Protests have been made all over Michigan in recent months for places whose employees make minimum wage such as supermarkets and fast food chains. These protestors are using their employee rights to ask for an increase in wages so that they are better able to support themselves. If any of the protestors feel that they have probable cause and sufficient evidence to file a legal claim, the protestors may want to consult with a professional in employment law to explore their options.

Source: Workers World, "Michigan protesters support Walmart workers," Martha Grevatt, June 11, 2013

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