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Boston Globe Editorializes on the Tipped Wage

BOSTON GLOBE TAKES A LOOK AT THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY


organize_fries.jpgFEB. 16: IGNORED RIGHTS

Unpaid work, threats of deportation, and outright wage theft plague the restaurant industry.

FEB. 17: TIPPING

Meant as a reward, tips instead make up much of a worker’s pay — if the money even gets to them.

FEB. 18: FAST FOOD

Higher wages for fast-food jobs would benefit workers, business, and government.

FEB. 19: UNIONS

Restaurant workers need to fight for their rights. So why aren’t they organizing?

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Tax Fairness Commission recommends a Graduated Income Tax

moneybags.jpgYesterday, the Tax Fairness Commission announced its recommendation that the State Constitution be amended so that Massachusetts can institute a graduated income tax, to address the regressivity of our current tax structure, which looks like this:  

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Helping Over Half a Million of MA's Working Poor

underpaid.jpgOver at Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, they have crunched some numbers about who will be affected by a Massachusetts restoration of the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour (returning to its 1968 value). The results are staggering: 

Increasing the minimum wage would give hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers a raise and provide them and their families with additional resources to pay for basic necessities. A full-time minimum wage worker in Massachusetts makes $16,000 in 2013, about $5,000 less (when adjusted for inflation) than he or she would earn if the minimum wage had maintained its value since 1968 (which was equal to about $10.72, or $21,440 a year, in today's dollars).

Increasing the minimum wage to $10.50 by 2016 would raise the wages of approximately 568,000 workers. 

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