Early this year, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take up our legislation to raise the minimum wage, but corporate lobbyists want to link any increase to the minimum wage to cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.
That’s why we’re asking you to take action right now. We don’t think that raising the minimum wage for workers − who have not gotten a raise in 5 years − should come at the expense of the unemployed. If the only legislative path to an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, we are urging our legislators to oppose it and let the voters decide in November.
We need you to talk to your legislators today to pass along our message: We want to raise the minimum wage for workers in Massachusetts, but we won’t do so at the expense of the unemployed.
Here’s what you can do right now to take action:1. Find your legislators: Visit www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com to find your legislators. Enter your address to see your results, and make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. You should see both your State Senator and State Representative listed.
2. Call the legislative switchboard at (617) 722-2000: Follow the instructions to be directed to your legislator.
3. Speak to your legislator or a member of their staff. Make sure to identify yourself as a constituent from their district. Tell them:
• Raising the minimum wage is vital for Massachusetts workers, but it should not be done at the expense of the unemployed.
• With regards to minimum wage legislation, we are asking you to support:
1. Raising the wage to a minimum of at least $10.50 an hour.
2. Linking future increase in the minimum wage to the rising cost of living.
3. Raising the wage for tipped workers
• If the only legislative path to achieving an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, I urge you to oppose it and let the voters decide.
4. Report your call: Click here to report your call, so that we know which legislators we able to reach and where they stand on these issues.