The Fight for $15 is a movement to raise the wages of low-wage workers and improve their working conditions. Currently a full-time worker at minimum wage in Massachusetts makes only $22,880 a year. Many workers earning the minimum wage are forced to work three or more jobs to piece together enough money to pay their bills.
A report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center found that increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 would raise the wages of roughly 947,000 workers, or 29 percent of the state’s workforce. 91 percent of workers who would be affected are over 20 years old, 56 percent are women, and 57 percent work full-time.
According to their research, increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 would also raise the wages of 22 percent of all working parents in Massachusetts, and nearly one-third of all kids in the Commonwealth live in households that would benefit from the increase.
This legislation would also increase the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $3.75 an hour, over 8 years until it is equal to the regular minimum wage.
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