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