SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Low wage workers have been demanding more money all across the U.S. The argument is many low wage workers are not making enough to afford their basic needs.
Living Wage Mass, formerly known as the Northampton Living Wage Coalition, has 33 member organizations and over 200 members. The group says this year the living rates will rise to $12.17 an hour in this area to live minimally for one person and the coalition wants to certify employers.
Kitty Callaghan of Living Wage Western Mass said, “Raise awareness about the need to pay minimum wages. We have a certification program for employers to participate in the program as well.”
The group argues that paying livable wages helps with morale and ultimately saves the employer money in the long term.