Raise Up Massachusetts
Raise Up Massachusetts is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, religious groups and labor unions committed to building an economy that works for all of us. MEJA strongly supports RUM’s priorities; many organizations that have endorsed RUM also belong to MEJA. RUM is focused on three issues of critical importance to working families in Massachusetts:
- Paid Family and Medical Leave will ensure that Massachusetts workers are not forced to choose between work and their own health needs or the well-being of their children and other family members. RUM’s legislation, H.2172 (filed by Rep. Ken Gordon) and S.1048 (filed by Sen. Karen Spilka), would make employees eligible for job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new child. The bills prohibit employer retaliation against workers who take time off under these conditions.
- The Fight for $15 will make sure that workers earn a living wage of $15 an hour so they can make ends meet and feed their families. RUM’s legislation, H.2365 and S.1004, would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 each year over four years until it is at $15 an hour in 2021. The minimum wage would then be adjusted each year to rise along with increases in the cost of living.
- The Fair Share Amendment will lead to investments in quality public schools, affordable higher education, and a reliable transportation system by creating an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. This initiative requires passage of a constitutional amendment and is expected to be on the November 2018 ballot.