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May 28, 2014 / stacieshap

Help Get Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time on the Nov. 2014 Ballot

Many thanks to those who helped collect signatures and signed the petitions last fall as part of the effort to get the following 2 questions on the 2014 November ballot.

Minimum Wage Increase

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

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 to take the time off when needed.  Click here for more information: PaidSickTime

We were successful in collecting over 100,000 signatures statewide (per question) to present to the State Legislature, at which point the Legislature had the opportunity to act upon the proposals and pass them into law. Since the Legislature did not pass them, we are now required to take one final step towards getting these initiatives on the ballot – collect more signatures (fortunately, not as many as before).

There is a signature gathering campaign happening throughout the state over the next few weeks.  Please contact Raise Up Massachusetts at (617) 284-1260 to find out how you can get involved in your community.

If you live in or near Needham, from now until June 18th we will be hanging out at the RTS on Saturdays, and the NBA Spring Fair, Saturday June 7th. Please consider volunteering for an hour or two, and help us reach our goal of 500 Needham signatures.

Use the following links to sign-up, or feel free to contact Stacie Shapiro at

  1. Collect at the NBA Spring Fair – Saturday June 7th
  1. Collect at the RTS – Saturday, May 31st, June 7th, and/or, June 14th

Thanks so much!



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