Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Activists stop in Worcester, push $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave

By Steven H. Foskett Jr. 
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 20, 2018

WORCESTER - Activists on a statewide “briefing tour” stopped at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church on Illinois Street Tuesday night to show members of the legislative delegation their continued commitment to raising the minimum wage and providing paid family and medical leave. Organized by Raise Up Massachusetts, the briefing featured testimony from workers and families who would benefit from raising the minimum wage in the state from $11 an hour to $15 an hour, and who would be able to take advantage of a paid family and medical leave insurance program. ...

Laura Fisher, owner of Fisher Agencies, a life insurance company, said paying workers a living wage ensures low turnover and good morale. She said all her full-time staff members make at least $15 an hour, including entry-level positions. When people make a decent wage, their heads are in the right place at work, Ms. Fisher said. ...

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