“Raise Up Massachusetts” fights to raise minimum wage

Retailers are concerned a $15 minimum wage could cause them to raise prices and hurt businesses

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – You might end up voting on whether to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts in 2018.

Raise Up Massachusetts is launching a signature gathering campaign to raise support for establishing a $15 per hour minimum wage in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts currently has a minimum wage of $11 per hour, but Raise Up Massachusetts is pushing to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

But to get the issue onto the ballot, they’ll need to gather nearly 65,000 signatures.

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Over the weekend, the campaign is heading to western Massachusetts with stops including Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield.

Co-chair of Raise Up Massachusetts Lew Finfer, told 22News, “We’re trying to raise it to $15 which would be better wage for a lot of people. It would be about $31,000 a year.”

But Massachusetts retailers are concerned a $15 minimum wage could cause them to raise prices and hurt businesses.

Campaigners still have a long way to go before the question can make it onto the ballot. They have until late November to file the signatures with local election officials.