Check out some brief summaries of the upcoming legislative efforts we are working on and supporting as part of Raise Up Massachusetts and #WageAction Coalition! Each summary includes links for more information, and you can download the fact sheets below.
Fair Share Amendment
This fall, Raise Up Massachusetts is launching the Fair Share Amendment campaign! We will be gathering signatures of support for a Fair Share Tax on income over $1 million dollars. The additional revenue would be specifically used for investing in Massachusetts' public schools and transportation. Find out more about the campaign here and download the Fair Share Tax Fact Sheet below! Join us to gather signatures for an amendment that would ask the wealthiest residents to pay their fair share in taxes in order to generate new revenue to improve our schoosl, make higher education more affordable, and fix our transportation system! Contact Russ@massjwj.net for more information on how to get involved.
Big Box Retail - Fight For $15!
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. An Act to Establish a Living Wage for Employees of Big Box Retail Stores and Fast Food Chains is a bill that will require corporations to pay their employees at least $15/hour by 2018. This higher wage applies only to large corporations with over 100 employees, and phases the increase in over three years. As we continue to fight for support of this bill, we continue to organize with and stand with fast food workers and workers across all sectors in the Fight for $15. Download the fact sheet below and contact Russ@massjwj.net for more information on how to get involved.
Bridging the Wage Gap
Women in Massachusetts make up almost half the workforce. Women who work full time earn approximately 80.8% of what men who work full time earn, and lose a combined total of approximately $12,239,814,352 annually due to the wage gap. See the fact sheet below for more info on the Equal Pay Bill and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved!