A $15/Hour Wage for Fast Food Workers Could Impact 25,000 People in Central MA
Friday, July 24, 2015
By 2021, fast-food workers across the state of NY would all earn $15/hour.
The current minimum wage in Massachusetts is $9.00 per hour. By 2018, the minimum wage in the Bay State will be $11/hour.
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This past June, following months of negotiation, personal care attendants in Massachusetts received an hourly wage increase to $15/hour that will be put in place in July 2018 following several incremental raises over the next three years.
According to the National Employment Law Project, in Massachusetts legislation is being prepared to pass for a $15/hour wage for large fast-food chain workers and retail employees.
“I’ve long been a proponent of efforts to ensure that hard working members of our community are paid a fair wage,” said State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury). Moore, a member of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, petitioned for Bill S.1024 - titled “An Act to Establish a Living Wage for Employees of Big Box Retail Stores and Fast Food Chains.
"This legislation is restricted to large-scale employers with over two hundred employees, and would be gradually phased in over a three year period," Moore added.
The legislation, being brought forward by Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich) and State Representative Steve Ultrino (D-Walden), will stagger the wage increase from $12 in 2016, $13.50 in 2017, and $15 in 2018.
25,000 Could Benefit from Wage Increase
“As the cost of groceries, health care and rent continue to rise, it’s important that workers be provided with adequate compensation to help ensure these basic needs are met," said Senator Moore.
According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor, roughly 25,000 individuals in Central Massachusetts could benefit from the increase in the minimum wage - including nearly 10,000 retail workers and more than 5,000 people working at fast-food chains (not including management, cooks, dishwashers, cashiers, etc.).
A fact sheet from wageaction.org reads, “A state economy works best for everyone when all working people are able to meet their basic needs. This economic security depends on access to good paying jobs. Currently in Massachusetts, a full-time worker in Massachusetts earning the minimum wage makes only $18,720 a year. It would take her 507 years to earn as much as the CEO of McDonald’s made last year alone.”
Anesthesiologists, Surgeons and CEOs
While some in Central Massachusetts are hoping that legislation passes for the minimum wage increase, workers in other professions are raking in the dough.
To really no one’s surprise, the top earners in the Central Massachusetts area are anesthesiologists and surgeons - both occupations earn an average of more than $260,000 a year.
Runners up include CEOs, and family and general practitioners - each of which earn more than $200,000 on average annually.
The lowest earners in the area, making just over $19,000 a year, include fast food cooks, coffee shop workers, and cafeteria and concession attendants.
GoLocalWorcester has put together a list of the 25 highest-paying jobs in the Worcester. See slides below.
Related Slideshow: 25 Highest Paying Jobs in Central Massachusetts
GoLocal takes a look at the highest paying jobs in Worcester, with a look at hourly wages and annual salary.
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