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September 24, 2013 / needhamgrassroots

Needham works to get Min.Wage, Earned Sick Time, Bottle Bill on the ballot!

waronpoorOn the agenda for Needham, as well as the State, are the following “signature gathering” campaigns to get 3 binding questions on the 2014 November Ballot.

Minimum Wage Increase (being coordinated locally by Progressive Needham)

Supports raising the minimum wage from $8.00/hr to at least $10.50/hr by 2015, while indexing the future wage to inflation.

The minimum wage has not been increased in 5 years and when adjusted for inflation has in fact gone down significantly since 1968.  Click here for more information: MinWageInfo

Earned Paid Sick Time  (also being coordinated locally by Progressive Needham)

Requires businesses with over 10 employees to provide workers with 5 paid sick days per year.  Currently, nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts don’t get paid sick days and can’t afford financially to take the time off when needed.  Click here for more information: PaidSickTime

The Bottle Bill Expansion – (being coordinated locally by the League of Women Voters)

Supports extending the existing Bottle Bill to include containers of non-carbonated drinks, such as water and ice tea, that are currently non-redeemable. Research has shown that redeemable bottles get recycled at a rate 3 ½ times greater than non-redeemable.  Click here for more information: MABottleBillInfo

Getting these questions on the 2014 ballot will allow every Massachusetts voter the opportunity to weigh in on these important issues, so please take a moment to sign-up to volunteer by using the links below, or by contacting Stacie.

SIGN UP FOR NEEDHAM EFFORTS

To collect signatures for the Minimum Wage and Mandatory Sick Pay Bills:

Saturday Oct. 5th at the Harvest Fair and/or Saturdays at the RTS click here:  MinWageVol1

Weekday morning commute at a Train Station click here:  MinWageVol2

To collect signatures for the Bottle Bill:

– Saturday Oct. 5th at the Harvest Fair and/or Saturdays at the RTS click here: BottleBillVol1

– Weekday morning commute at a Train Station click here:  BottleBillVol2

Also contact STACIE if you’re willing to do one or more of the following:

1. Stand at a high foot traffic location at your convenience (T.J. Plaza, the P.O.)

2. Go door to door in your neighborhood.

3. Take a petition to an upcoming meeting or event.

http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/government/2013-petitions/13-08.pdf

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