Join To Fight for My Family and Other Low Wage Workers
September 5, 2017
Buenos dias! I hope you are well!
This Fall, ECCO will be working on an issue close to my heart: raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. Together, following our successful model from 2014 when we collected 23,516 signatures of registerd voters, we are working to collect enough signatures to get a $15 minimum wage on the MA ballot for 2018.
For me, this issue is personal. I work for the Boston Globe delivering papers, rising early to start my shift at 3am every morning. After growing up in the Dominican Republic in the shadow of dictatorship, I am proud to support the free press in our country. But, despite my pride in my work, I do not make enough money to pay for my family’s needs. If the MA minimum wage were raised to $15/hour, I would be able to move my family of four adults from a tiny two bedroom apartment to somewhere that would allow us space to breathe, thrive, and welcome community into our home.
But it’s not just me. If we are successful, 947,000 people, or 29% of our state’s workers, would get a raise. Because poverty is a racial issue, this effort would disproportionately affect people of color, raising wages for 42% of Black workers and 52% of Latino workers. Nearly one third of all Massachusetts children would be impacted.
If you believe that every hard working person deserves a living wage, I ask you to join us this Thursday.
When: Thursday, September 7th, 7-9pm
Where: Sacred Heart Parish, 571 Boston St, Lynn
What: Learn how you can join other people of faith and values to raise the minimum wage and pass Paid Family Leave. Together, we will receive training on signature gathering to get these important policies on the 2018 ballot. You will also learn what you can do to protect undocumented youth, Dreamers, once they lose protection when DACA ends as well as exciting progress on our efforts for statewide criminal justice reform.
Juan Gonzalez, St. Joseph’s Parish in Lynn, ECCO Board