Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, stars of the Netflix show “Grace and Frankie,” come to Michigan this weekend to help raise funds to pormote a hike in the state minimum wage.
They’ll attend four benefits in three days in support of “One Fair Wage.” Events cost $100 to $500 for basic entry, with higher rates (up to $5,000) for added access.
Nearly 400,000 signatures have been collected and filed with the Bureau of Elections, Michigan One Fair Wage, a proposed ballot measure to boost minimum pay to $12 per hour by 2022, up from $9.25 now. Another goal is to lift the current subminimum tipped wage of $3.52 to the new full minimum by 2024.
“We have been waiting for our wages to go up for a long time. With this minimum wage ballot measure, we finally have a chance to start getting real paychecks instead of pay stubs showing all our wages going towards taxes,” says Detroit bartender Rachel Burnett in a statement. “But when you are working on $3.52 per hour plus tips, you have no discretionary income left to support the campaign that can help transform your life.
“I’m contributing my free time to volunteer with the campaign and encourage everybody who can support the efforts financially to attend the campaign events with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Together we can lift thousands of lives, while strengthening the Michigan economy.”
Saturday, Omena (Leelenau Peninsula): Noon-2 p.m., $250 tea and cherry pie reception. Tickets and location.
Sunday, Detroit Club (712 Cass Ave,): 3-5 p.m. $100 reception. Tickets.
Sunday, Birmingham: 5:30-7:30 p.m., $500 reception, Birmingham. Tickets and address.
Monday, Detroit: 6-8 p.m., $200 reception with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and Fonda. Tickets and address.