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