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You Can Make a Difference!                              

The Senate already has voted yes on the proposal to raise the MA minimum wage (see background information below) and the House will vote by early March. You must speak up and take the chance that you will be heard.

We urge you to act! We are attaching sample letters that you can personalize (fill in the blanks, replace generic terms with specifics) and revise for mailing on your stationery or e-mailing to your representatives. Or, use it as a basis for a letter you write on your stationery or a phone call you make to your representative's office. If you need help working with the attachment and preparing your document, the NECA office can assist you.

Search on line for your legislators by zip code at https://malegislature.gov/people/search  At that site, you'll find your representative's room number at the State House, phone number and e-mail address. The NECA office also has a copy of the "2013-2014 Legislative Guide" that can be e-mailed to you. In addition, you may want to send your letter/e-mail to the Labor & Workforce Development Committee's leaders, Rep. Tom Conroy & Sen. Dan Wolfe.

It's in everyone's best interest to speak up, and the more people who make contact, the better. Even if you live in a neighboring state and do business/work in MA, or both live and work in a neighboring state, please know that this legislation will have a ripple effect. If you are not eligible to vote in MA, please address your communications to the Labor & Workforce Development Committee's leaders, Rep. Tom Conroy & Sen. Dan Wolfe.

(Remember to delete any text in your memo that originally appeared in parentheses.)

Above Link to sample letter for MA car wash owners, managers

Above Link to sample letter for suppliers, car wash employees, out of state industry people

Please let the NECA office know about the results of your efforts so that we can track the effectiveness of this campaign.

Background Information:

  • The minimum wage would increase to $9 an hour on July 1, $10 an hour on July 1, 2015, and $11 an hour starting July 1, 2016. The minimum wage in Massachusetts last increased to $8 an hour in January 2008. The minimum wage for tipped employees, currently $2.63 per hour, would increase to half the minimum wage.
  • The bill for the first time would index the state's minimum wage to inflation. Starting in 2016, the minimum wage would rise each year at the same rate as the consumer price index for the Northeast. Whether you have an equivalent increase in income, the indexed wage would increase.
  • There also is a proposal to raise the Federal minimum, currently $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. States cannot approve a minimum wage that is lower than the federal standard, but they can approve a higher one. The Massachusetts minimum wage rate automatically increases to 10 cents above the Federal rate if the Federal rate equals or becomes higher than the State rate.
  • Rhode Island increased its minimum wage to $8 starting Jan. 1, while Connecticut and New York are raising their wages to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, respectively.

Note:

  • The sample letters were composed drawing on the main points emphasized at NECA's January 7th dinner meeting program which featured House Minority Leader Brad Jones as our guest speaker.
  • It was determined, after receiving proposals from lobbying firms and careful deliberation, that paying a lobbyist $4,000 - $8,000 per month would not be as effective as legislators hearing from their constituents, and becoming educated about our industry and the full implications of the proposed legislation for our industry.
  • We also have offered our support to RAM, the Retailer's Association of Massachusetts, which has an in-house lobbyist actively working on this issue.

(Remember to delete any text in your memo that originally appeared in parentheses.)

Please let the NECA office know about the results of your efforts so that we can track the effectiveness of this campaign.

 









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