Raise Up MA
Update on Increasing the Min. Wage & Paid Family and Medical Leave
On Thursday, July 28th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law being referred to as the “Grand Bargain” that will increase the minimum wage, require paid family and medical leave for workers, and mandate an annual sales tax holiday, and end time and half on Sunday’s.
These are certainly victories we can attribute to the hard work of Mass IWJ and members of the many other dedicated grassroots coalition groups accomplished to collect 350,000 signatures, make hundreds of phone calls, and show up at the state house time and time again to lobby the legislators and get our collective voices heard!
Mass. Interfaith Worker Justice vows to stand by tipped and retail workers. We believe we must rejoice in our victories, and use these empowering wins power to propel us forward in the fight for fair wages for ALL workers in Massachusetts.
Update on the Fair Share Amendment
The SJCs decision has shocked and enraged many. Five judges voted in favor of corporate lobbying groups like Associated Industries of MA and The MA High Technology Council. These organizations are part of the broader corporate efforts to keep workers’ wages low, keep workplaces unsafe, and roll back progressive legislation.
They’re not going to stop preying on us, so we can’t stop fighting. Mass IWJ is working with Raise Up MA coalition partners to create a new strategy to support schools, working families and communities.
For more information, visit www.raiseupma.org.
The People’s Agenda 2018
The corporate agenda is not working for us. That’s why this Fall, Mass IWJ is co-sponsoring the People’s Agenda 2018 with MA Jobs with Justice. We will be canvassing, hosting phone banks, doing stand outs, and supporting educational events so that MA gets a YES vote on 1, 2, and 3. We need a YES vote on all 3 to ensure working people feel safe and healthy in their communities.
Want to help us get the word out? Here’s how:
- Every Monday @ 6 pm in Boston (Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Office, 375 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain)
- Every Monday @ 6 pm in Quincy (Gunther Toothies, 1253 Hancock St.)
- Every Wednesday @ 6 pm in Medford (Oasis Cafe, 377 Main St.)
- Every Thursday @ 3 pm in Boston (Dorchester/UMass Boston, Sugarbowl Cafe, 857 Dorchester Avenue)
- Every Wednesday @ 5:30 pm at the Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Office (375 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain) or remotely from your home!
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Mass. IWJ endorses the PPC:NCMR and supports them in their critical efforts to illuminate the immoral actions of our current administration and lift up the voices of underserved populations, specifically women, children, and non able-bodied folk.
For more ways to get involved in the Poor People’s Campaign, click here.
Justice for Airport Workers!
Passenger service workers at Boston’s Logan Airport are fighting for improved standards and quality jobs. Right now, there are 1,500 subcontracted airport workers—including aircraft cleaners, baggage handlers, skycaps, wheelchair assistants and ticket agents—who have no voice on the job and are paid poverty wages despite their hard work and the essential services they provide airline passengers.
Mass IWJ stands with airport workers, SEIU 32BJ, and other community organizations in the fight for improved standards including better wages, health insurance, the right to a voice at work without fear and harassment, job stability, and full-time work.
For more information, contact Political Coordinator Dalida Rocha at DRocha@seiu32bj.org.