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A living wage for Worcester workers! City Council meeting Tues., May 9 – vote to be taken re: $15/hour pay rate for all Worcester workers! Go, Councilor Khrystian King, go!!πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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Dear Friends,

The Fight for $15 is before the Worcester City Council and we need your help.

Please join the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition, SEIU Community Action, Worcester County Food Bank & Raise Up Massachusetts on Tuesday May 9 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 3rd floor, to fight for the 31,000 Worcester workers whom would be affected by this wage increase.

Councilor Khrystian King’s resolution calls for the City Council to support statewide legislation for a $15 minimum wage across Massachusetts. You can show support for this resolution with your presence. The public will also be given a chance to offer spoken testimony.

Here are the ways you can support $15:

1. Attend the City Council meeting Tuesday May 9 at City Hall, 6:30 pm

2. Offer testimony on how $15 would affect you and your family (2 minutes max per person)

3. Share the Facebook Event

4. Please contact the following Councilors who are not yet supporters. Below is a script for your calls/emails, along with talking points on $15. Please keep us posted with the results of these conversations.

Gary Rosen Dist 5 Councilor 508-775-3006 RosenG@worcesterma.gov

Tony Economou Dist 1 Councilor 508-963-3638 EconomouT@worcesterma.gov

Moe Bergman At-Large 508-981-5934 BergmanM@worcesterma.gov

Konnie Lukes At-Large 508-425-0042 LukesK@worcesterma.gov

Michael Gaffney At-Large 508-868-6878, 508-770-1007 GaffneyM@worcesterma.gov

City Council Meeting – $15 Minimum Wage Resolution

Tuesday May 9, 6:30 pm
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Thank you for your active support! See you Tuesday!

Martha, Calvin, Kevin and Pablo

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PHONE/EMAIL SCRIPT:

Dear Councilor [ _____ ]

My name is [ _____ ] I am a resident in Worcester I am contacting you because I am a supporter for the fight for $15. I ask you to support Councilor Kings 10a resolution to support the statewide legislation on the $15 minimum wage. I support raising wages to $15 because (insert 1 reason from talking points or tell your own story).

Working families in Worcester would love to have your vote.

Thank you for your consideration.
Name[ _____ ]

TALKING POINTS TO CONSIDER:

Β· For employers, higher wages mean more efficient workers and less employee turnover, making it easier to recruit and retain workers and helping their bottom line.

Β· When workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at small businesses in their neighborhoods, helping those local businesses grow and create more jobs.

Β· Since June 2014, as the Massachusetts minimum wage bill rose from $8 to $11, our state’s economy added more than 150,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2000;

Β· 40% of Worcester Workers would see a raise if the statewide legislation passed.

The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester – feeding our kids!πŸ’›

Childhood Hunger Rate in Worcester Higher than the National Average

The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Serves Kids a FREE Dinner 5 Nights a Week

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Steve “Tank” Tankinow, the Kid’s CafΓ© DirectorπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’›

We don’t need to search very far for statistics on childhood hunger:

1 in 4 kids goes to bed hungry in Worcester.

That’s higher than the national average of 1 in 5.

Childhood hunger is linked to lasting effects on our kids’ social development, physical health, and academic performance.

In fact, 93% of educators are concerned about the long-term damage hunger can have on our youth.

When children are hungry:

88% are unable to concentrate in school

87% struggle with lack of energy or motivation

65% exhibit behavioral problems

84% have overall poor academic performance

Often times, the foods they have access to pose no nutritional value.

80% of our Club members live at or below the poverty level, limiting their exposure to fresh, healthy foods. The financial limitations on our families force parents to serve fast food or processed and packaged meals.

Our Club is the only place in the city where kids can receive a FREE, nutritious dinner 5 days a week.

Kid’s CafΓ© provides approximately 300 youth a day with nutritious meals.

Steve “Tank” Tankinow, our Kid’s CafΓ© Director, has been cooking home-style meals for our members for over 17 years, dedicating himself to serving the hungry children in Worcester.

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Eating good food at the ClubπŸ’œπŸ’›

If you’re interested in helping our Club provide dinner 5 nights a week for our kids, please consider making a donation!

How it all Began:

Tank’s Story:

“I’ve been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since I was a kid. To me, it was a safe place. I always felt at home. When I came back as an adult, the sounds and even the smells were the same as I remembered as a kid.

I was inspired to start Kid’s CafΓ© as a way of giving back to the community. Because my career has been involved in nutrition, I wanted to do something that provided good, healthy food for kids. I worked with the Worcester County Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club, and formed a non-profit organization. We started by making supper for a handful of kids 17 years ago; now we feed about 300 kids a hot, nutritious meal 2 days a week (3 days a week we are provided meals through the Federal Government). We’re helping keep kids healthy. It’s an important part of the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.

I’ve been fortunate that so many people have volunteered to help, or responded when I called. We’ve had everyone from executives to high school students contributing food or money to buy food. They pitch in as teams to cook and serve. It’s a lot of work to feed 300 kids, but with the community support we always get it done.”- Steven “Tank” Tankinow (excerpt from alumni profile in 2011 annual report)

Fallon Health Opens Food Pantry at Our Club

We’re thrilled to provide our kids with nutritious food while at the Club, but we also want to ensure their health at home.

Fallon Health has opened a food pantry at our Harrington Clubhouse to help our organization further fight childhood hunger.

This crucial addition to our case management department will provide Club families with food and resources during tough times and emergencies such as a death in the family or unemployment.

Several Fallon Health employees volunteered their time to set up the pantry and stock the new shelves with non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, pasta, and cereal.

The pantry will be restocked throughout the year to ensure we can continue assisting our families. The generosity of Fallon Health has enabled our staff to help our families in a new and pivotal capacity.

If you’re interested in donating to our food pantry, please contact Liz Hamilton, Executive Director, at:

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA, 01610-2520, United States
www.bgcworcester.org

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