Michigan One Fair Wage

Michigan One Fair Wage


Covering Michigan

One Fair Wage is a national campaign to win a full, fair minimum wage for 6 million tipped and other subminimum wage workers across the country through state and federal law. Originally founded by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, a national restaurant workers’ organization, the OFW campaign spun off into a broader, separate entity fighting for a full, fair wage for all tipped and subminimum wage workers, including tipped restaurant workers, nail salon and car wash workers, drivers and delivery workers at app-based companies, etc. Today, One Fair Wage legislation is moving in multiple states and in Congress. Michigan’s 2018 One Fair Wage ballot initiative was adopted by the legislature in order to keep it off the ballot, then gutted after the election to stop its implementation in 2019. MI OFW is continuing to work on action, legislative, legal and electoral remedies, and address workers’ issues from the 2018 campaign to build support today.

With tipped service workers especially hard-hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, often earning too little for unemployment and the stimulus, the One Fair Wage Emergency Fund was established in March 2020 to provide cash relief to workers in need. Thousands in Michigan have applied. Organizing is currently all virtual (phone, email, social media, zoom calls, etc.) until when and if conditions are safe for in-person organizing.

We are seeking an Organizer to conduct outreach, identify and develop leaders, and mobilize tipped service workers in support of the One Fair Wage policy campaign and relational voter program in Michigan. The Organizer will identify tipped and subminimum wage worker leaders who will both get engaged in the campaign for One Fair Wage in MI and sign up their peers into our relational (peer-to-peer) voter mobilization program designed to get low wage workers out to vote in 2020. This will help build the political power needed to win One Fair Wage in Michigan and, ultimately, at the federal level.

One Fair Wage MI Organizer Responsibilities:

  • Identify and develop low-wage service worker leaders who will recruit their peers into the program
  • Support worker outreach, leadership development, and regular mobilizations in MI (virtually and in person once safe) that target key legislators and demonstrate worker power to win One Fair Wage.
  • Support the development and implementation of a legislative targeting strategy, and support local press events and other communications efforts, and more.
  • Leverage social media, the OFW Emergency Fund, Zoom calls, workers’ greater accessibility at home and more to creatively expand organizing during shelter-at-home, social distancing and other orders to maintain public health and personal safety through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ideally, the Organizer will already have networks of other tipped workers. The Organizer will report directly to the Michigan Lead Organizer.


  • 1+ years experience as a tipped worker;
  • Basic understanding of /exposure to labor or community member organizing and base-building;
  • Basic understanding of /exposure to coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Basic understanding of /exposure to policy campaigns;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude, strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow;
  • Strong communication and leadership skills, including active listening and empathy;
  • Commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience and ease working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations;
  • Willingness to travel when/if safe, mostly in MI, and periodically elsewhere in the country. A valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and auto insurance coverage when driving are needed;
  • Comfort learning or knowledge of computer software and apps, including Google Suite, Zoom, VAN, Facebook/other social media, Empower or WAVE relational voter programs, Slack, Asana;
  • Readiness to reach qualitative and quantitative goals;
  • Fluency in another language welcomed;
  • Resident of Michigan.

This is a contract position starting immediately through November 10, 2020, with the possibility of renewal. Pay is $19-23/hour depending on qualifications and experience. OFW will consider candidates who are available a minimum of half-time through full-time. Please indicate your hours availability when you apply.

Women, people of color, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Please send résumé and cover letter to johnpokeefe@hotmail.com

John O'Keefe
O'Keefe Search

O'Keefe Search is dedicated to building strength in progressive organizations and to helping social justice, labor, environmental and other progressive activists find the right job.

John O'Keefe has specialized in recruiting for positions in the labor and progressive movement for over fifteen years.

Prior to spending five years as Recruiting Director for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and one of the most progressive local labor unions in the United States, he spent many years helping high tech companies grow and was acknowledged as one of the top recruiters in the United States. Besides running a highly successful search firm, he served as the President of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants, the largest state association in the industry and as President of the Pinnacle Society, an organization of the top 75 recruiters in the United States.

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