Raise Up Massachusetts - Join the Fight

Massachusetts is one of the most prosperous states in the nation and yet many of our residents live just at or above the poverty line. Join the fight for economic justice by petitioning to get minimum wage and earned sick time on the ballot.

A recent study by Mass Budget and Policy found that the gap between Massachusetts's richest and poorest households is the 8th highest in the nation.  In large measure this is a function of two factors - our regressive tax system and the erosion of the minimum wage.  In 1968, the Massachusetts minimum wage was worth $10.52 (adjusted for inflation). Today, it is $8.00.

At the same time, nearly 1 million hard working people in Massachusetts—almost one-third of our workers—are forced to go to work sick because they can’t risk losing their jobs and the wages their families need.  This creates substantial instability and puts many workers a few sick days away from poverty.

An amazing number of signatures - over 280,000 - were collected on our two ballot initiatives and we will undoubtedly qualify for the ballot when we submit them to the Secretary of State on Tuesday, December 3.  Progressive Massachusetts committed to collecting just under 14,000 signatures but we blew through that target, with your help, and contributed the fourth highest total - nearly 18,000 signatures.  

The Senate responded by passing a minimum wage bill at the end of the session - which calls for an $11/hour minimum wage by 2016, indexed to inflation and 50% tipped credit.  (Our ballot initiative called for $10.50 by January 2017, indexed to inflation, with 60% tipped credit).  

Action awaits in the House whose leadership has voiced opposition to passing a "clean" minimum wage bill - they want to couple help for workers with unemployment insurance reform.  

As of today, earned sick time for nearly 1,000,000 workers hasn't even been favorably reported out of committee.  

Take Action

Join our our legislative campaign

We are organizing phone banks locally to encourage people to call their representative and tell him/her that we want a minimum wage raise WITHOUT cuts to unemployment insurance.

We are organizing delegation visits - constituents like you meeting with their representatives to tell them that we want a minimum wage raise WITHOUT cuts to unemployment insurance.

We have a Hub Dialer running during the day that you can be part of.  This enables us to patch through willing callers - straight to their legislator's office.

You can easily sign up here.


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