The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition has announced the launch of a Fall signature gathering campaign to put two questions on the November 2018 ballot: Paid Family Medical Leave and the Fight for $15 to raise the minimum wage.
JALSA has pledged to collect 5,000 signatures: 2,500 for Paid Family Leave and 2,500 for the Fight for $15. We need YOU to reach this goal. Join the JALSA signature team and attend our kickoff training on August 29!
These ballot questions would:
Provide up to 16 weeks of job-protected paid leave to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, to care for a new child, or to meet family needs arising from a family member’s active duty military service (family leave); And up to 26 weeks of job-protected paid leave to recover from a worker’s own serious illness or injury (medical leave), or to care for a seriously ill or injured service member.
Raise the wages of roughly 1.1 million workers, or 33 percent of the state’s workforce. Affect 91 percent of workers who are 20 years old or older, 55 percent are women, and 58 percent work full-time. The question would also raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, currently $3.75 an hour, over four years until it is 60% of the full minimum wage, or $9 an hour, in 2022.