The New England Jewish Labor Committee is a member of Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of over 180 organizations from across the Commonwealth working together to create an economy that works for all of us. Raise Up Massachusetts focuses on passing legislation, both at the State House and on the ballot, that improves the lives of people and families in our state.
The Raise Up Mass 2018 agenda focused on Paid Family & Medical Leave and a fair minimum wage of $15. The coalition is now working to determine its 2019 priorities.
In the summer of 2018, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that includes a strongly progressive Paid Family and Medical Leave program and increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour over 5 years!
This is an enormous victory for working people in Massachusetts, and it only happened because all of us worked hard to collect 350,000 signatures, lobby the legislature, and organized to win these changes.
The paid leave legislation passed by the Legislature is a historic victory for every single worker in Massachusetts who will now be able to take job-protected paid time off from work to take care of themselves or a family member after a medical emergency or the birth or adoption of a new child!
It’s a strongly progressive bill that will make Massachusetts the national leader in providing paid leave and supporting working families, with more job-protected leave than any other state provides (12 weeks of family leave and 20 weeks of medical leave); a progressive wage replacement system that especially helps low-wage workers; and the most progressive cost-sharing system of any state paid leave program, with costs split effectively 50-50 between employers and employees. Yesterday, our grassroots committee voted that we will not take our paid family and medical leave question to the ballot if the Governor signs this legislation.
However, we are troubled by the size of the increase in the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, which doesn’t go as far as our proposed ballot question. We are seriously concerned that the minimum wage legislation passed by the Legislature would not cover all workers, including some public employees. Our coalition is also strongly opposed to the Legislature’s decision to eliminate Sunday time-and-a-ha
The legislation passed yesterday will make Massachusetts only the third state, after California and New York, to adopt both Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 minimum wage. Since Raise Up Massachusetts came together in 2013, we have won major, lasting improvements to the lives of millions of working families.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO COLLECTED SOME OF THE 350,000 SIGNATURES ON THE PETITIONS AND ORGANIZED PEOPLE TO PRESS LEGISLATORS TO PASS THIS. TOGETHER WE DID IT!!!
Many millions of people in our state will have the benefit and support for paid time off for serious illness to themselves or to family members who need their care from this Paid FamilyMedical Leave law we got passed!!!
Only two other states have both a path to $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family Medical Leave. And our PFML law is the strongest in the United States.
For more, please visit: raiseupma.org