We are united to ensure Massachusetts continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Whether motivated by our democratic values or our religious faith or both, we recognize that our fates are connected, we are one community, and we all do better when we all do better.
Raise Up Massachusetts is committed to building an economy that works for all of us. An economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates broadly shared prosperity.
We work to pass laws, through the Legislature or at the ballot box, that support working families with jobs that pay a living wage and policies that allow them to balance work and family. To support important investments in our people and communities, we believe everyone should be asked to pay their fair share.
Our 2016 Agenda
This year, Raise Up Massachusetts is focusing 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.
A Constitutional Amendment will invest in quality public schools, affordable higher education, and a transportation system that works by creating an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above one million dollars.
A Living Wage for Big Box Retail and Fast Food Employees will make sure that people who work full-time for large, profitable corporations can earn a living wage of $15 an hour, so they can make ends meet.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, more than 150 community organizations, religious groups, labor unions, and business leaders collected over 350,000 signatures on behalf of two ballot initiatives: raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing earned sick time for all Massachusetts workers.
In June 2014, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation giving Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country. Raise Up Massachusetts then led the campaign to ensure access to earned sick time for all workers in the Commonwealth by passing Question 4 in November 2014.