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October 1, 2013 / needhamgrassroots

Fact Sheet: Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Time


raisethewagethe Massachusetts Minimum wage has not been raised for FIVE YEARS. Today’s minimum wage has declined 24% in value since 1968.

It’s time to #RaiseUpMA!


paidsickdaysOne million Massachusetts workers do not have sick time benefits. 16% of workers have been fired for taking time off for illness or taking care of a sick family member.

It’s time to #RaiseUpMA!


Progressive Needham is partnering with Progressive Mass and the RaiseUpMA coalition to put these policies on the ballot in 2014. We need thousands of signatures, so help us get a few next weekend, or at your next event… Sign up here: http://hmny.me/needhamvol

MORE INFORMATION ON THE INITIATIVES BELOW or DOWNLOAD AS A PDF TO DISTRIBUTE AT EVENTS: PDF Raise Up MA fact sheet

MINIMUM WAGE BALLOT INITIATIVE

The proposed law would raise the state’s minimum wage, currently $8/hour, to $9.25/hour as of 2015, and to $10.50/hour as of January 1, 2016. The law will:

  • Increase the minimum wage for tipped employees from $2.63/hour to $4.15/hour on January 1, 2015 and to $6.30/hour on January 1, 2016.
  • Adjust the minimum wage annually, starting 2017, to keep up with the cost of living and inflation, based on the Consumer Price Index.

The law will benefit:

  • 580,000 low-wage Massachusetts workers, over half of whom are parents with children
  • The economy by creating 4,500 new Mass. jobs in (study by the Economic Policy Institute) and increase the purchasing power for low-wage workers and their families

 EARNED SICK TIME BALLOT INITIATIVE

The proposed law would entitle employees to earn up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. For companies with over 11 employees, workers can earn paid sick time; for smaller companies, workers can earn unpaid but job-protected sick time. Workers would earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked up to 40 hours per calendar year, beginning with date of hire or July 1, 2015, whichever is later.

The law will benefit:

  • Nearly 1 million hard working people in Massachusetts – almost one-third of our workers –who  are currently at risk of losing their jobs and the wages their families need, if they must stay home to care for themselves or for a sick child
  • Businesses: workers are more productive when they are not forced to work when sick
  • All of us: ending exposure to sick workers who right now must come to their jobs with illnesses such as the flu, or risk job loss.

Restrictions include:

  • A 90 day waiting period before employees can use earned sick time.
  • A limit of 40 hours sick time hours in one calendar year.
  • Restriction that unused sick time cannot be redeemable in pay.

MORE DATA AND IMAGES:

Wage Inequality in MA

Wage inequality in Mass. has grown.
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Real Value of Minimum Wage Dropped Significantly
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1 in 5 Workers affected

1 in 5 Workers affected
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Children and Minimum Wage workers (click to enlarge)

Children and Minimum Wage workers
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One Million without Sick Time

One Million without Sick Time
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People THINK minimum wage workers are mostly teens. They're wrong.

People THINK minimum wage workers are mostly teens. They’re wrong. Source: EPI

FURTHER READING: 

GET INVOLVED WITH RAISE UP AND PROGRESSIVE MASSACHUSETTS! We organize locally and state-wide with grassroots volunteers and organizers, working together to make our Commonwealth as progressive as our people! Find out more, get on our mailing list or become a full member at:

 PROGRESSIVEMASS.COM  – facebook.com/ProgressiveMass – @ProgressiveMass – Grassroots@ProgressiveMass.com


Get involved locally! Progressive Mass/Raise Up MA organizer in your community:

STACIE SHAPIRO – needhamgrassroots@massroots[dot]org

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER: http://hmny.me/needhamvol

PROGRESSIVE NEEDHAM – Facebook.com/progressiveneedham

Twitter @ProgressNeedham

 DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION AS A PDF TO DISTRIBUTE AT EVENTS: PDF Raise Up MA fact sheet

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