Wow! We had a goal to collect 1,000 signatures – we collected 1,000 for each petition!!
Many thanks to the volunteers who took action to support this campaign!
UUs pledged to collect 1,000 signatures to support the Raise Up Mass ballot initiative calling for:
$15 Minimum Wage:
Our ballot question would raise the Massachusetts minimum wage, currently $11 an hour, by $1 each year over four years until it is $15 an hour in 2022. The minimum wage would then be adjusted each year to rise at the same rate as the cost of living. It would also raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, currently $3.75 an hour, to increase each year over four years until it is 60% of the full minimum wage, or $9 an hour, in 2022.
Raising the Minimum Wage will benefit 1 million people in Massachusetts!
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Our ballot question would create a Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program for most Massachusetts workers, providing up to 16 weeks of job-protected paid leave to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, to care for a new child, or to meet family needs arising from a family member’s active duty military service (family leave); and up to 26 weeks of job-protected paid leave to recover from a worker’s own serious illness or injury (medical leave), or to care for a seriously ill or injured service member. The question prohibits employer retaliation against workers who take time off under these conditions, and workers taking paid leave would receive 90% of their average weekly wages, up to a maximum weekly benefit of $1,000. Benefits would be funded through employer contributions to the new Family and Medical Leave Trust Fund (.0063 of weekly wages), and employers could require employees to contribute up to 50% of the cost
Paid Family and Medical Leave will benefit 6 million people in Massachusetts!
Thank you to the volunteers from congregations that have collected signatures!
First Parish UU of Arlington
First Parish in Bedford
First Church in Belmont
All Souls Church, Braintree
First Parish Unitarian, Bridgewater
First Parish in Cambridge
Hopedale Unitarian Parish
First Parish Church of Groton
UU Church of Hudson & Marlborough
Melrose UU Church
First Parish in Needham
First UU Society of Newton
UU Society, Northampton
First Parish Church, Northboro
The Community Church or North Orange & Tully
United First Parish Church in Quincy
Unitarian Church of Sharon
First Parish of Watertown
First Parish Church United of Westford
Theodore Parker Church, West Roxbury
UU Church of Worcester, Holden St.
Winchester Unitarian Society