News Coverage: Campaign Launched for Paid Leave, $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Questions

In Fight for $15, News, Paid Leave by News Desk

On Monday, we launched our campaign to collect signatures to put paid family and medical leave and a $15 minimum wage on the November 2018 ballot. Here’s some of the press coverage of our announcement:

Associated Press, Minimum wage, paid leave questions proposed for 2018 ballot
“Proposed questions being offered for next year’s state ballot would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and guarantee that workers have access to paid family and medical leave from their employers. Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of labor unions, community groups and religious organizations, announced on Monday it was launching a signature drive for the two initiative petitions.”

Sentinel and Enterprise (State House News Service), Raise Up Massachusetts aiming to load up ballot
“The left-leaning coalition that used the initiative petition process to get an earned sick time law on the books in 2014 is now looking to load up the 2018 ballot with three proposals: an income surtax on high earners, a $15 minimum wage by 2022, and a measure seeking guaranteed paid family and medical leave. Raise Up Massachusetts is familiar with using the ballot as leverage. The group used the threat of a ballot question to spur the Legislature in 2014 to raise the minimum wage to its current level, $11 an hour, and the new plans show a continued commitment to addressing income inequality in Massachusetts.”

Boston Globe, Push to get paid leave, minimum wage questions on ballot begins
“The coalition of community, labor, and religious groups has to collect at least 64,750 signatures from supporters for each ballot question by Dec. 6…Raise Up Massachusetts has done this before. The coalition successfully gathered enough signatures to get paid sick time and a minimum wage hike on the ballot three years ago. In June of 2014, the Legislature took up the minimum wage issue, raising it from $8 to $11 over three years, and voters approved mandatory earned sick time for all workers that fall.”

WWLP Ch. 22, Minimum wage increase and paid leave proposed for 2018 ballot (video)
“Raise Up Massachusetts is pushing to ensure working people in Massachusetts can afford to pay the bills with the launch of two ballot initiative campaigns…’We think people who work hard, work full time, should not be living in poverty and 21,000 per year is the poverty wage.”

Boston Business Journal, Group to push for expanded paid-leave, $15 minimum wage on 2018 ballot
“Raise Up Massachusetts has made the two issues its top priorities this year, along with the passage of an additional tax on Massachusetts residents who make more than $1 million a year…Raise Up has proven effective at getting its proposals on the state ballot. In 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative that required many employers to give workers up to five days per year of paid sick leave. Its other priority that year, the minimum wage increase, was passed by lawmakers on Beacon Hill.”

More coverage:

Bay State Banner, Ballot measures, gubernatorial, Senate races looming for 2018, Minimum wage, paid leave questions proposed for 2018 ballot
Commonwealth Magazine, On to the next ballot questions
Fall River Herald News, Group launches ballot push for $15 wage, paid medical leave
Greenfield Recorder, Minimum wage, paid leave questions proposed for 2018 ballot
MassLive, $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave requirement likely to highlight 2018 Massachusetts ballot
MASSterlist, More progressive ballot questions: Minimum wage and paid-leave
Politico Massachusetts Playbook, Two new ballot Qs
Rewire, There’s a Serious Push for Paid Leave and Higher Wages in Massachusetts
State House News Service, Taxes, Wages, Benefits Part of Coalition’s Three-Pronged 2018 Ballot Agenda (paywall)
Taunton Gazette, Group launches ballot push for $15 wage, paid medical leave
WBUR, $15 Minimum Wage And Paid Leave Questions Proposed For 2018 Mass. Ballot
Western Mass News, Massachusetts coalition launches petition to raise minimum wage (video)
Worcester Business Journal, Group looking to raise Mass. minimum wage to $15
WPRI, $15 minimum wage, paid leave questions proposed for Mass. 2018 ballot (video)
WWLP Ch. 22, Proposed ballot question would expand paid leave in Massachusetts (video)