In 2017 and 2018, Raise Up Massachusetts is focused on three issues of critical importance to working families in Massachusetts:
Paid Family and Medical Leave will ensure that Massachusetts workers are not forced to choose between work and their own health needs or the well-being of their children and other family members.
The Fight for $15 will make sure workers can earn a living wage of $15 an hour, so they can make ends meet and feed their families.
The Fair Share Amendment will be on the ballot in November 2018. This fall, we’re collecting signatures to put Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 minimum wage on the ballot as well, while continuing campaigns for both issues in the Legislature. Join us:
In 2013, Raise Up Massachusetts was formed when coalitions that were working to raise the minimum wage and guarantee earned sick time for Massachusetts workers decided to join forces. Throughout 2013 and 2014, more than 150 organizations and hundreds of grassroots volunteers collected more than 350,000 signatures to put minimum wage and earned sick time on the ballot.
In June 2014, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation raising the minimum wage from $8 to $11 over three years, avoiding the need for a ballot question. Raise Up Massachusetts then led the campaign to ensure access to earned sick time for all workers in the Commonwealth by passing Question 4 in November 2014. After gaining support from over 250 community organizations, religious groups, labor unions, businesses, and civic leaders, Question 4 passed with a nineteen point margin of victory.
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