Our state’s economy works best when all working people are able to meet their basic needs through access to good paying jobs. A full-time worker in Massachusetts earning the current minimum wage of $11 an hour makes only $22,880 a year. A minimum wage earner would have to work 94 hours every week in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Many workers earning the minimum wage are forced to work three or more jobs to piece together enough money to pay for groceries, housing, heating and other basic needs.
The Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage legislation, HD2719 (filed by Rep. Dan Donahue) and SD984 (filed by Sen. Ken Donnelly), would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 each year over four years until it is $15 an hour in 2021. The minimum wage would then be adjusted each year to rise along with increases in the cost of living. It would also increase the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $3.75 an hour, over 8 years until it is equal to the regular minimum wage.
Help us win a livable minimum wage by attending the State House hearing on Tuesday, September 19 and sharing your experiences here.
We worked hard to help garner 70 State Representatives and 22 State Senators (close to half of all House members and a majority in the Senate-a big achievement for newly-filed legislation) as co-sponsors for the Fight for $15 bill. To see if your representative and senator are co-sponsors, click here–and give them a call to thank them for their support!