Low wage workers rally at State House for higher minimum wage

Massachusetts minimum wage will go up to $11 in January

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of fast food and retail workers rallied at the State House in Boston Tuesday as a part of a nationwide movement known as the “Fight for $15.”

The Massachusetts minimum wage is set to go up from the current $10 per hour to $11 per hour on January first. An hourly wage of $11 is still higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Low wage workers argue that families are unable to make ends meet, which is why they’re rallying for a $15 minimum wage.

Kim Rivera, a Springfield resident, told 22News: “I want to be able to make sure that I can buy a home and a car. At this point right now, it’s very difficult, because I don’t make the money that I should, which is a fair wage.”

The Retailers’ Association of Massachusetts told 22News that raising the minimum wage would force businesses to raise their prices for customers.