Minimum wage workers to rally outside State House

Activists want $15 per hour minimum wage

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state’s lowest-paid workers plan to rally at the State House Tuesday for a higher minimum wage.

In January, the statewide minimum wage will increase from the current $10 per hour to $11 per hour. Low-wage workers argue that this is not enough. They are fighting for $15 per hour, not just here in Massachusetts, but across the country.

The Fight for $15 campaign and Raise Up Massachusetts are planning a massive rally on Tuesday. Those two organizations have been successful in convincing lawmakers to approve a higher minimum wage in the past.

Raise Up estimates that an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour would affect 900,000 employees in Massachusetts. Several lawmakers support such a change, including Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford).

“It is a very difficult time for these people, and I think they deserve at least a decent wage for the decent job they do,” Donato said.

22News will be at Tuesday’s State House rally, which is scheduled for 2:00 P.M.