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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