Sponsor: Jed Stamas, Pioneer Valley Chapter, jstamas at gmail dot com Co-sponsor: seeking Introduced March 9, 2019 Vetting Sought: Platform, CDLC, LegisComm, Adcom Background: As of Jan. 1, 2019, Massachusetts minimum wage law sets the minimum wage for non-tipped workers at $12.00/hour, and for tipped workers at $4.35/hour. Under current law, the non-tipped minimum wage will be increased in steps of +$0.75/hour yearly, until reaching $15.00/hour on Jan. 1, 2023. The tipped minimum wage will reach $6.75 on Jan.1, 2023, increased in steps of +$0.60/hour yearly. Summary: The Green-Rainbow party believes all workers deserve a living wage. We are concerned that when these yearly minimum wage increases are implemented, some workers are being left behind. These workers deserve wage increases as well. For example, consider two workers with the same job, one who makes $12.00/hour (person A), and another worker who has already received an experience-based raise to $12.75/hour (person B). On Jan. 1, 2020, person A's wage will be raised to $12.75/hour. But under current law, employers are under no obligation to raise worker B's wage, effectively eliminating their hard-earned raise. We propose that current law be amended to include +$0.75/hour wage increases for all workers earning less than $14.25/hour on Jan. 1 of each year. Under our proposal, person B's minimum wage would increase to $13.50/hour on Jan. 1, 2020, to $14.25/hour on Jan. 1, 2021, and reach $15.00/hour on Jan. 1, 2022. All tipped employees receiving less than $6.75/hour would receive +$0.60/hour yearly wage increases, up to $6.75/hour. Cost: No cost to the GRP. Implementation: CommComm will explain this in a blog entry and quarter-sheet handout. CDLC will review the laws proposed.
Living Wage Proposal
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My personal response: I think any wage proposal should account for what it actually costs to live in most of MA. I’d like to see us 1) demand a minimum wage that is a living wage of $21/hour, tipped and non-tipped (tipping comes from a history of anti-Black racism and should be abolished in favor of the same base starting living wage for all). 2) If the difference between workers is 75 cents per hour, that “hard earned wage” difference is pretty meaningless until all full-time wage-earners are getting a living wage. 3) instead of arguing over whether people who are slightly above the sub-living wage needing to stay ahead of the people who are at the legal “bottom,” let’s propose a maximum compensation for company executives; a compensation scale that ensures that the top person earns no more than 10 or 20 times what the bottom earner gets; and promote profit-sharing for all employees where there is a profit (as opposed to a nonprofit).
First, the GPUS Platform and GRP Party Agenda already call for the right of every person to a living wage. This proposal undermines what is already in our platform by suggesting that the Green Party now change its stance to support transition to $15 an hour in Massachusetts even though $15. per hour is not a living wage for most individuals in Massachusetts. The much respected MIT Living Wage Calculator, for example estimates that a living wage for many resides of Massachusetts is between $20 and $30 per hour. Yet the corporate funded media and progressive elites promote the lie that that a person in metro Boston can find adequate food, shelter, housing, health care and transportation for $30,000.00 per year, (analagous to $15/hr.) Supporting this proposal would thus be a tremendously regressive shift for our party to take, decreasing what we think average people deserve.
Second, a GRP proposal must call for some action for the GRP to take and this proposal does not call for the GRP to take any action. On a new issue stance, for example, a GRP Proposal might call to “Change the GRP Party Agenda to state ‘The GRP Supports…” But this proposal proposes no change in our Party Agenda which would then create contradictory GRP positions: i.e. our Party Agenda would on the one hand support a living wage while our State Committee would support only a gradual increase to a sub-living wage of $15 an hour.
For these reasons, I do not support this proposal.