Why Living Wages Matter

Our state’s economy works best for everyone when all working people are able to meet their basic needs. This economic security depends on access to good paying jobs. Currently in Massachusetts, a full-time worker in Massachusetts earning the minimum wage makes only $18,720 a year. No one who works full-time for a large, profitable corporation should be paid so little that they cannot make ends meet. 

How the Fight for $15 Can Help Workers

An Act to establish a living wage for employees of big box retail and quick service fast food chains will require these corporations to pay their employees at least $15 an hour by 2018. This higher wage applies only to large corporations with over 200 employees, and phases the increase in over three years. As we push for this livable wage bill, Raise Up Massachusetts is also supporting the efforts of workers in various industries who are organizing and fighting to be paid $15 an hour.

Why We Need Living Wages

Making sure every working person can earn a living wage would help our state’s workers, businesses, and economy. A living wage will provide stability to low-wage employees at big box retail and quick service fast food chains. This will allow these employees, many of whom are parents, to support their families. For employers, higher wages mean more efficient workers and less employee turnover, making it easier to recruit and retain workers and helping their bottom line. When workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at small businesses in their neighborhoods – helping those local businesses grow and create more jobs. To build a strong economy in all communities across the state, workers need to earn a living wage so they can support their local businesses and provide for their families.

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Alex LachFight for $15