BOSTON (WWLP) - Supporters of a minimum wage increase and earned sick time rallied on Beacon Hill today.
They told 22News that they want lawmakers to approve legislation for their cause or have voters decide.
A coalition of worker and social justice groups are launching the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign across the state.
They're supporting legislation that increases the minimum wage from 8 dollars an hour to 11 dollars an hour. They also want businesses to offer their employees up to 40 hours of guaranteed earned sick time. If legislation fails to be enacted by next summer, the coalition says they will pursue a ballot initiative to let Massachusetts voters decide those questions in 2014.
Executive Director of Mass Jobs With Justice, Russ Davis told 22News, "I think both of those measure would put more money into the economy. I think the minimum wage workers would be spending the money that they would get and it's really about trying to think about how we can make a more just economy."
The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition will begin collecting signatures for the ballot initiative this fall.