Sunday, April 27, 2014

Whats next on minimum wage in Massachusetts

This is ther latest from Raise Up Massachusetts efforts to pass the minimum wage in Massachusetts. For more information go to  

What Happened in the House, and What Comes Nex

We’ve talk a lot in the past few weeks about what’s been happening in the House of Representatives over minimum wage. We’ve made phone calls, set up meetings with legislators and rallied on the steps of the State House to push for a strong minimum wage bill. Yesterday, the House passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.50 by July 1, 2016.
Our voices made a difference. Thanks to our advocacy and the historic signature gathering effort last fall, Massachusetts is set to have the highest minimum wage in the country – an increase that will help low-wage workers across the Commonwealth who are struggling to make ends meet.
Together, we beat back the business lobby’s efforts to cut unemployment insurance benefits and restrict eligibility. We were also able to defeat the Retailers Association’s proposal for a lower minimum wage for teen workers.
Regrettably, the legislation from the House did not include a sufficient raise for tipped workers and it would not tie future increases in the minimum wage to the cost of living. That’s why we’re gearing up for the next round of signature gathering to ensure that these issues can be put in front of voters in November. 
As the minimum wage bill enters the next stage in the legislature, it’s crucial that we continue to show our strength. Can we count on you to help us collect the next round of signatures, starting on May 10?
Take this opportunity to reach out to your representative and express your disappointment about the shortcomings of the final House bill. Call (617) 722-2000 to speak with your legislator and keep up the pressure into the next stage of the legislation.
Last fall, we demonstrated how powerful we can be when we work together. Now it’s time to put that power back in action on the streets to ensure a higher wage and earned sick time for workers across Massachusetts.

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