Our powerful grassroots pressure is working! We have pushed the House of Representatives to release a proposal to increase the minimum wage. Speaker DeLeo outlined his minimum wage proposal today that increases the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour.
There's More Work to Be Done
But the proposal doesn't link the minimum wage to the rising cost of living, and doesn't do enough for tipped workers, who haven't gotten a raise since 1999.
Thanks to your amazing work, we have pushed the House to release a proposal to increase the minimum wage. Speaker DeLeo outlined his minimum wage proposal today that increases the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. This happened because nearly 5000 people from over 100 community, labor, and faith based groups collected 282,000 signatures of voters last fall. It happened because we have generated over 3000 calls and set up dozens of legislator meetings, lobby days, and events. And $10.50 an hour minimum wage would provide greater financial stability for working families.
But we can’t stop here. Both Speaker DeLeo and the Raise Up MA campaign want to raise the minimum wage to $10.50. But we want the minimum wage to be pegged to inflation while Speaker DeLeo's proposal is not. Additionally, we want to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to 60% of the minimum wage but the House proposal has a much smaller increase for tipped workers.
What can I do?
We still need the ongoing powerful grassroots pressure to the Statehouse. If you haven't yet called your Representative, call them now. If you have already called your representative, call them again, and tell them we need a higher minimum wage that is tied to the cost of living and does more for tipped workers.
Find your representative: Visit www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com to find your legislator. Enter your address to see your results, and make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. You should see your State Representative listed.
Call the legislative switchboard at (617) 722-2000: Follow the instructions to be directed to your legislator.
Speak to your legislator or a member of their staff. Make sure to identify yourself as a constituent from their district. Tell them that you are calling in support of:
- Raising the minimum wage to at least $10.50 an hour.
- Ensuring that the minimum wage keeps pace with the rising cost of living by indexing future increases to inflation.
- Raising the minimum tipped wage for restaurant workers, who haven’t gotten a raise in fifteen years. Our proposal would set tipped pay to 60% of the minimum wage.
Other Raise Up MA Campaign Actions coming up:
This coming Tuesday, March 11 at 6pm in Newton: Newton, Needham, and Wellesley activists are hosting a hubdialer for the Raise Up Campaign, also promoting the film screening of Inequality for All.
Wednesday, March 26th 10am at The Church on the Hill, Boston: The Raise Up MA Campaign is holding a Rally and Lobby Day at the State House.
And be ready to continue to the next phase of the Raise Up MA campaign:
We have to gather a second set of required signatures from May 10 - June 15 to qualify for the ballot. If we get these signatures, we keep our seat at the table toward getting either a good bill in the legislature or taking it to the ballot this fall.