Raise Up Massachusetts is a grassroots coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions committed to building an economy that works for all of us. Since 2013, through the work of amazing volunteers like you, we’ve raised the minimum wage in the Legislature, we’ve passed earned sick time at the ballot, and we’ve collected more than 157,000 signatures and won two votes by the full state Legislature needed to place the Fair Share Amendment on the November 2018 ballot. But we still have work to do to build an economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates broadly shared prosperity. That’s why this spring, we’re collecting signatures to put Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 minimum wage on the 2018 ballot as well.
Our paid leave 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.
Our minimum wage 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.
To put these questions in front of voters on the 2018 ballot, we need to submit 10,792 certified signatures for each issue from registered voters by July. To achieve this goal, we will be collecting 30,000 signatures on each issue – 60,000 signatures total! We need all hands on deck to bring these issues to the ballot. Please see below for all of our campaign’s volunteer resources that you need to get started.
Signature Gathering Timeline
- Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018: Request petitions from the Secretary of State
- Friday, May 4th – Monday, May 7th, 2018: Petitions available for pick-up in Boston
- Tuesday, May 8th, 2018: Raise Up Congress
- Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, May 20th, 2018: Official launch of Signature Drive
- Wednesday, May 30th, 2018: Transportation Day of Action
- Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd, 2018: Faith in Action Weekend
- Sunday, June 3rd – Wednesday, June 6th, 2018: Initial wave of signature return
- Thursday, June 14th – Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: Sort-A-Thon
- Saturday, June 16th, 2018: Last day of signature collection
- Sunday, June 17th, 2018, 11AM: Final Deadline to Return Signatures to RUM Regional Offices and RUM Boston HQ
- Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: Deadline for submitting petitions to city and town halls for certification
- Monday, June 25th – Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018: Second Sort-A-Thon
- Monday, July 2nd, 2018: Statewide signature return day of action and rally
- Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018: Deadline for submitting locally certified petitions to the Secretary of State
To see a calendar of our May – July turn in timeline, please click here!
Sign Up to Volunteer
The strength of our grassroots campaigns are thanks to the dedication of hard-working volunteers like yourself. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer to collect signatures, or would like to sign up your friends, please do so using our online signup form or by printing out our paper volunteer signup form. Once signed up, one of our organizers or regional coordinators will be in touch with next steps on getting involved!
You can also sign up to help us volunteer for the June sort-a-thons! From June 4th – June 6th, June 14th – June 19th, and June 25th – July 3rd, we’ll be sorting thousands of signatures from across Massachusetts and driving them to town halls from Boston to the Berkshires, and then driving them back to turn into the Secretary of State. Sign up to take part in this crucial effort: https://www.raiseupma.org/2018SignatureTurnInVol
Please click here for the Signature Drive FAQs translated into 6 different languages, and other signature drive documents translated into Spanish.
Requesting Signature Petitions
Are you ready to collect signatures with Raise Up Massachusetts? The first step is to pick up the petitions from a location near you. Please fill out our signature petition request form, which can be found at raiseupma.org/SignaturePaperRequest and indicate your contact information, how many petitions you need, and where you can most easily pick them up from. Any special requests or needs can be indicated at the bottom of the document.
Reporting Your Collected Signatures
Accurate reporting is essential to ensuring that our campaigns are on track to meeting their goals. With a broad and diverse coalition, reporting on time allows us to work together effectively towards our shared goals. We ask that volunteers report their signature gathering in a timely and accurate manner. Please report your signatures with 48 hours of collecting them. You can report your signature collection results at raiseupma.org/SignatureEventReport.
Curious to see if your organization/group is on track or how the campaign is doing overall? You can view our progress to goal both overall and by group using our grassroots summary. Please do not attempt to make any edits to this form. You can view the results here: www.raiseupma.org/GrassrootsSummary
Dropping Off Your Collected Signatures
- Friday, June 1st, 2018, 5:00PM: deadline to turn in signatures to Regional Locations for first turn-in
- Thursday, June 14th, 5:00PM: deadline to return signatures to Raise Up
- Sunday, June 17th, 11:00AM: deadline to return signatures from the Last Weekend to Raise Up
- Monday, June 18th: Signature Drop Day
Once you have finished collecting signatures, we have many drop-off locations across Massachusetts where you can drop off signature papers to be turned in. These drop-off locations are the regional offices of some of our coalition members: the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Coalition for Social Justice, and Jobs with Justice, among others. You can find the closest drop off location to you on the map below or at raiseupma.org/SignatureLocations. Before going, please view the hours and contact information of our location staff here to make sure you’re dropping off when the office is staffed or that you’ve set a time with an organizer to drop off.
Do you need a hand in your area, have a question about the campaign, or want to attend or host an event? Raise Up Massachusetts has regional coordinators across the Commonwealth who can give you more information and offer support. You can view our regional coordinators below. Unsure which region you belong to? Click here to enter your town name and find your regional coordinator.
Carl Nilsson, Field First
Madeline McGill, Field First
Pablo Ruiz, SEIU Community Action
Beth Huang, Mass. Voter Table
Joe DiMauro, Progressive MA
Pablo Ruiz, SEIU Community Action
Pablo Ruiz, SEIU Community Action
Natalia Berthet, Jobs With Justice
Edwin Arguenta, Jobs With Justice
South Coast & Southeast
Fall River, New Bedford, & Brockton
Upper Southeastern MA
Cape and Islands
Alicia Fleming, Jobs With Justice
Myra Badillo, 1199SEIU
Martha Assefa, Worcester County Food Bank
Messaging and Media Questions
If you have questions about the best way to talk about our ballot questions, get asked a policy question you don’t know the answer to, or are contacted by a reporter working on a story about Raise Up Massachusetts, please contact our communications team: Andrew Farnitano at 925-917-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Crawford at 857-753-4132 or email@example.com.
Accessing Additional Staff and Volunteer Documents
Are you looking for a document that does not appear in this volunteer portal? This includes documents for Raise Up regional coordinators, documents for viewing our progress to goal, and other sign up forms. You can find a complete library of all of our signature drive documents in the Raise Up Staff Menu. Please go to the “Current Projects” tab of this document to view all materials related to signature collection.
Regional Event Toolkit
Raise Up Massachusetts is hosting a series of trainings and kickoffs across Massachusetts on how to get involved with our signature collection efforts. You can view our upcoming trainings at action.raiseupma.org/page/s/trainthetrainers . Interested in hosting an event? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your event, and take a look at our regional event toolkit for all of the materials you need to host a successful session!
Find An Event Near You
Interested in finding a Day of Action or a regional signature training near you? Take a look at the Events page of Raise Up’s Facebook page. You can find our listed events here. If you don’t see an event you’re looking for, or would like to add a new event, please let us know at email@example.com!