This upcoming weekend, November 16th and 17th, Raise Up MA is sponsoring Hometown Weekend of Action events in communities across the state. To organize an event, or see if one has already been planned in your area, please visit http://action.raiseupma.
These issues are at the core of Democratic values, as they protect the rights of working citizens and their families. Legislation such as this is long overdue. The facts speak for themselves.
- Over a million workers--almost one-third of the overall workforce--are at risk of losing the wages and jobs their families depend on if they stay home to take care of themselves or a sick child.
- Increasing the minimum wage would impact one in five workers in Massachusetts and give them financial stability to provide for their families.
- Nearly half a million people are minimum or low wage workers.
- Almost all of low wage workers still fall well below the federal poverty line despite working 40 or more hours per week.
- One in five of low wage workers is a parent.
- There are 277,000 kids in Massachusetts who have a parent making at or near the minimum wage.
To learn more about the importance of earned sick time and a higher minimum wage for Massachusetts workers, families, and communities, visit raiseupma.org. We thank you for your support. Fair employment practices are long overdue and within reach. Together we can improve the lives of workers across Massachusetts.