BOSTON (WWLP) - Massachusetts social workers took to Beacon Hill Monday to support minimum wage increases and workplace safety.
Social workers from across the state are asking lawmakers to increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour as of July 2015.
Currently the minimum wage is $8 an hour, which gives a full-time worker an annual salary of about $16,000.
Social workers are also asking state lawmakers to increase taxes and invest in education programs, public transportation and community projects. Students and faculty from Springfield College say social work is underpaid and underfunded.
Miguel Arce, Associate Prof at Springfield College, told 22News, "With limited resources our response are going to be held back, right? We're not going to be able to provide the services that are needed, so without the resources we're not going to be able to respond appropriately."
Social workers also celebrated the recent passage of a bill that requires their employers to create workplace safety plans.
The legislation analyses the risk of physical assault that social workers face and focuses on prevention methods.