On June 26, Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, signed into law the new state minimum wage, which will be phased in eventually to be $11 an hour, making it the highest in the nation. The legislation was promoted by a community wide effort that gathered 350,000 signatures to put a referendum on the ballet. The coalition Raise Up, consisting of community activist, unions, and faith-based communities, included Interfaith Worker Justice, of which Marie-Therese Browne, SCN, is a cofounder and current board member. Many SCNs and SCN Associates were involved in signing the petition to pass this bill. The coalition continues to work on an Earned Sick Time Referendum and equity for tipped workers.
Pictured left to right are Marie-Therese Browne, SCN, standing with Deb Fastino, cochair of Raise Up, Monika Halas, lead attorney, and Elizabeth Toulan, senior attorney, both of Greater Boston Legal Services.