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Fight for $15 on April 14!

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Save the date and stand with us for economic justice! Too many low wage workers are trapped in poverty. We are tired of being pitted against each other in a race to the bottom. Rain or Shine. Family friendly.

Join the fight. Be a part of this historic national day of action. We will win.

Workers in Massachusetts are demanding $15/hour from our employers – and WINNING! They’ve done it in other cities and we can do it here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

BOSTON: Rally near Northeastern & Ruggles MBTA stops.

Regional bus/event information TBA.

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Call to Student Leaders!

The Fight for $15 is revving up and the community calls upon you to help organize your peers to support low-wage workers. Your student power is needed to support worker power!

Learn how to help organize in YOUR community around the national day of action for the Fight for $15 and attend our Student Leader Organizing Training.

Join us on Saturday, February 28th from noon to 4 pm at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center Room #333 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115.

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$15/hour would be so much sweeter

Valentine’s Day demonstration planned at Boston’s South Bay Center to protest low wages

DORCHESTER, MA – On Saturday at 1:30 p.m., workers and advocates will be conducting an outreach blitz to workers and shoppers as part of a visibility action at one of Boston’s largest ‘big box store’ shopping centers to raise awareness of the national Fight for $15 campaign.

The emergent #WageAction coalition will be conducting a series of “shop-ins” at retail and restaurant locations throughout the South Bay Center shopping plaza, delivering printed valentine greetings to shoppers and the many workers employed in low wage jobs at South Bay. School supplies, food, children’s shoes, and other goods purchased during the shop-ins will be donated to local charities.

The valentines being delivered to workers read in part, “Working for peanuts? $15 is so much sweeter!” and will be attached to bags of candy that have been custom printed with slogans such as “Low Pay is Not OK!” and “Fight for $15!”

Meanwhile, advocates have also filed new state legislation entitled the “Act to Establish a Living Wage for Employees of Big Box Retail Stores and Fast Food Chains”. (SD852/HD2835).

Fact Sheet: An Act to establish a living wage for employees of big box retail and quick service fast food chains

The bill, which would apply only to large corporations with 200 or more employees, would require big box retail and fast food corporations to pay their employees at least $15 an hour by 2018. The increase would be phased in over three years – $12 in 2016, $13.50 in 2017, and $15 in 2018.

WHO: Workers and advocates from the #WageAction coalition, including labor, religious, and community groups.

WHAT: Demonstration and “shop-ins” to protest low wages and raise awareness of the Fight for $15 movement.

WHEN: Saturday, February 14, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: South Bay Center, 8 Allstate Road, Dorchester, MA @ Mass. Ave entrance closest to Bank of America

Advocates say a living wage will provide greater economic security to low-wage employees at big box retail and quick service fast food chains, many of whom are parents, allowing them to meet basic needs and alleviate the struggles between work and family. Without family-supporting jobs many workers earning the minimum wage are forced to work three or more jobs to piece together enough money to pay their bills.

When workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at small businesses in their neighborhoods – helping those local businesses grow and create more jobs. For employers, higher wages mean more efficient and satisfied workers and less employee turnover, making it easier to recruit and retain workers and helping their bottom line. In other countries, fast food chains pay as much as $20 an hour and offer far more employee benefits, yet they still remain profitable.

A follow-up action is also planned for Sunday at various restaurants in the Fenway area. The weekend of demonstrations are part of the broader plans of the #WageAction coalition to do actions promoting the Fight for $15 and other causes relevant to workers’ rights on the fifteenth of every month in 2015.

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Fight for $15: Valentine’s Day Visibility Action at South Bay Shopping Center

This Valentine’s Day, join workers and advocates as we promote the Fight for $15 and show our appreciation for retail and restaurant workers.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts just went up to $9/hour, but there is still more work to do before we reach a real living wage.

So let’s stand together for $15/hour! Join us for a stand-out/speak-out action in front of South Bay to raise awareness of the Fight for $15 amongst workers and shoppers.

Our movement is gaining momentum. Just this month, legislation was filed requiring corporate “big box” retailers with more than 200 employees in Massachusetts to pay a $15 living wage to workers!

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WHEN?
Valentine’s Day! Saturday, February 14th, 1:30PM – 2:30PM

WHERE?
South Bay Center (in front of Bank of America/Massachusetts Ave. entrance)
8 Allstate Road, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02118