I work at Dunkin’ Donuts and make $11 per hour following the increase to the state minimum wage that took place in January. I’ve been working full-time since I was in high school, helping my mom, who is disabled, with the household bills. While every dollar counts, it’s still not enough. As a result I have to work a second job that pays $12 an hour. I work just to pay my bills.
I’m currently enrolled and taking classes at Bunker Hill Community College with the hopes that when I graduate I’ll be hired for a job that pays a livable wage, but that’s not guaranteed-not until the minimum wage is raised. I work with people who have families, degrees and professional experience in other industries but still only make minimum wage. The minimum wage fight is not the fast-food industry alone and it will take us all to make a $15 an hour minimum wage a reality in Massachusetts.