Below, you can watch and read testimony about the urgent need for Emergency Paid Sick Time, submitted by workers, experts, activists, and leaders in the Raise Up MA coalition. Much of this testimony was submitted to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development during a virtual hearing May 26-29, or shared during a presentation to members of the legislature on September 9.

Testimony from Raise Up MA:

Raise Up Massachusetts Executive Committee (Deb Fastino, Executive Director of the Coalition for Social Justice; Beth Huang, Director of the Massachusetts Voter Table; Harris Gruman, Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council; Lew Finfer, Co-Director of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network; and Pablo Ruiz, Deputy Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council) (video)

Testimony from workers and small business owners:

Kwesi Ablordeppey, Certified Nursing Assistant at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home (video)

Yamileth Acevedo, Worker at Tichon Seafood in New Bedford (video)

Nicole DiCello, Owner of Bedlam Book Cafe in Worcester (written)

Joel Henderson, Residential Behavioral Health Specialist at Eliot Community Human Services (video)

Andee Huang, Room Attendant at the Westin Boston Water Front Hotel (written) + video

Lisa Jerry, Patient Care Assistant at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester (written) + video

Edwin Rodriquez, Mechanic and Welder at Baker Commodities in Billerica (written)

Toni Silva, Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester (written)

Katy Winning, Pre-K Teacher in Boston (video) + 2nd video

Lilian Xu, Home Care Worker at Nursing Home (written) + video

Testimony from public health and workplace safety advocates:

Letter from 56 public health, grassroots, civil rights, medical, labor, academic, and social service organizations – the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity (written)

Cheryl Bartlett, CEO of the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (video)

Debra Falzoi, End Workplace Abuse (video)

Jared Make, Vice President of A Better Balance (video)

Maddie Ribble, Director of Public Policy of the MA Public Health Association (video)

Al Vega, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) (video)

Testimony from Raise Up MA coalition members and state and national allies:

ACLU of Massachusetts (written)

Bobby Brown, Executive Board member of Machinists Local 264 (video)

Wendy Chun-Hoon, Executive Director, Family Values @ Work (video)

Jonathan Cohn, Chair, Issues Committee, Progressive Massachusetts (written)

FayeRuth Fisher and Tim Foley, Massachusetts Political Director and Executive Vice President, respectively, of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (written)

Nicole Forbes, President, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (video)

Steve Gillis, Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union (video)

Carol Joyner, Director, Labor Project for Working Families (video)

Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy at Economic Mobility Pathways (written)

Max Page, Vice President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (video)

Rev. Aaron Payson, Worcester Interfaith (video)

Robert Pittsley, Dartmouth farmer, representing 350 Massachusetts (video)

Roxana Rivera, Vice President, SEIU 32BJ (video) + written

Cindy Rowe, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (written)

Anabel Santiago, Grassroots Coordinator, Coalition for Social Justice (video)

Steven Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO (written)

Laura Wagner, Executive Director of Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network (video)

Testimony from legislators:

State Senator Jason Lewis, lead Senate sponsor (video) + 2nd video

State Representative Paul Donato, lead House sponsor (video)

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier & Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, House Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs (written)