Ensuring all people have the economic resources needed to be healthy, support their families, and live with dignity.
2017-2018 Policy Priorities
Paid Family Medical Leave Legislation
Emergencies arise for all of us at some point, but 87% of workers in New England lack access to paid leave. In Massachusetts, 1.2 million workers risk losing their jobs if they take time off work to take care of a family medical emergency or to care for a new child. Many workers who are eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act can’t afford to take unpaid time off from work in an emergency. They’re often left to choose between taking care of a child they love or keeping their job.
Paid family and medical leave would allow all workers time to take care of their health or the health of a loved one without fear of losing their job and the risk of financial ruin.
Fight for $15 — Minimum Wage Increase
Our state’s economy works best for everyone when all working people are able to meet their basic needs. This economic security depends on access to good paying jobs. A full-time worker in Massachusetts earning the current minimum wage of $11 an hour makes only $22,880 a year. A minimum wage earner would have to work 94 hours every week in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent.
Many workers earning the minimum wage are forced to work three or more jobs to piece together enough money to pay for groceries, housing, heating and other basic needs. No one who works full-time should be paid so little that they cannot make ends meet.