Henry Ford Health System announced Friday it will raise the minimum wage for most of its lowest-paid workers to $15 an hour. 



a car parked on the side of a road: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital valet employee Kenneth Douglas, 31, of West Bloomfield, runs back to the main entrance after parking a car on Oct. 8, 2020. Douglas said a pay increase may relieve him of having to hold two jobs to make ends meet.


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Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital valet employee Kenneth Douglas, 31, of West Bloomfield, runs back to the main entrance after parking a car on Oct. 8, 2020. Douglas said a pay increase may relieve him of having to hold two jobs to make ends meet.

The increase takes effect Sunday, and will boost the pay of more than 3,000 employees in at least 100 different types of benefits-eligible jobs, including food service workers, environmental services staff andnurse assistants, among others.

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Michigan’s minimum wage is $9.65 an hour.

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The pay increase is expected to cost the health system about $6 million annually, and is part of a multi-phase plan that is expected to include a general increase for other employees later this year.

“Our core mission is to improve people’s lives,” said Henry Ford President and CEO Wright Lassiter III. “We know that across so many sectors of our country, where you have team members who have who have hourly wage levels that may not provide them with a sense of economic security and prosperity as we all would want for our own family members, loved ones, etc., that organization needs to think about stepping up to make that kind of investment in their team members.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Henry Ford CEO Wright Lassiter III speaking at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Wednesday September 18, 2019 in Detroit Michigan.


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Henry Ford CEO Wright Lassiter III speaking at the new sports medicine center in the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Wednesday September 18, 2019 in Detroit Michigan.

“While we can’t assert that raising the wage to $15 as the minimum standard for

Uber’s treatment of its drivers has been under intense scrutiny this year, with many localities enforcing new rules on the ride-sharing company, including hourly wages. On Tuesday, Seattle became the latest city to enforce a minimum hourly wage on both Uber and Lyft.

As of January, both ride-sharing operations will be required to pay drivers at least $16 an hour, the minimum wage in Seattle for businesses with 500 or more employees. The decision to enforce this rule on Uber and Lyft was passed by the Seattle City Council in a unanimous 9-0 vote, the New York Times reports.

“The pandemic has exposed the fault lines in our systems of worker protections, leaving many frontline workers like gig workers without a safety net,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said about the decision.

Seattle is the second major city to pass a measure like this, following on from New York City’s measure in 2018. The minimum wage for these drivers in the Big Apple is currently set at $17.22 after expenses.

California as a whole also recently passed a bill that requires ride-sharing companies to classify drivers as employees and not independent contractors, which had allowed them to avoid paying hourly minimum wage, offering overtime pay, offering workers’ compensation, and providing unemployment insurance.

Uber and Lyft, for their parts, have strongly opposed these measures, attempting to spin their treatment of drivers as necessary for keeping costs low. Both have supported a measure on the California ballot in November that would exempt their drivers from the law reclassifying them as employees.

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