State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Jobs


Geoff Diehl: COVID: State should have furloughed non-essential employees

Diehl levied criticisms against the Baker administration over the hardships that small businesses faced during the pandemic, saying that the state government could have laid off or furloughed non-essential employees to show reciprocity with those working in the private sector. He also called out the state government on the slow initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations & the deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.

[The interviewer noted that] MA now has one of country's highest vaccination rates.

Source: WGBH NPR-Boston on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Jul 7, 2021

Ben Downing: Need emergency paid sick time, for minorities & women

A better, equitable response to the COVID crisis, would have started with legislation to provide emergency paid sick time to the millions of workers not covered by federal benefits. While others have taken these steps, Massachusetts has not, leaving workers to determine if their cough or runny nose is serious enough to merit missing a paycheck. A disproportionate share of these workers are Black and Brown, women and immigrants, and low income.
Source: Downing WAMC column on 2022 Massachusetts Gubernatorial race Dec 28, 2020

Shannon Liss-Riordan: Raise the minimum wage; eliminate the sub-minimum wage

Shannon Liss-Riordan testified before a Massachusetts legislative committee in support of a bill that would eliminate the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. "It is unfair that workers have to depend on the whims of their customers for their livelihood," Liss-Riordan said.

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on H.1617, a bill that would gradually require tipped workers be paid the same minimum wage as any other worker. Today, tipped workers must be paid $4.35 an hour by their employer. Tipped workers are supposed to make up the difference between that and the state minimum wage of $12 an hour through tips.

"Having tipped workers be dependent on customers for most of their livelihood, it puts workers at risk for sexual harassment, for discrimination," Liss-Riordan said. "The only way we can really solve this is to put an end to the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers," she said.

Source: Springfield Republican on Massachusetts voting record H.1617 Jun 18, 2019

Charlie Baker: Public private partnerships: Over 200,000 jobs created

Our regulatory reform project reduced the complexity of state government across the board, allowing our small businesses to become more competitive in a dynamic economy.

And our 'get stuff done' approach with public private partnerships in economic development, advanced manufacturing, robotics and smart materials has created jobs and opportunity across the Commonwealth.

As a result, our economy is booming. We have more people working than at any time in state history. Over 200,000 jobs have been created since we took office. Our labor force participation rate is at an all-time high. And people are moving to Massachusetts because we offer good jobs and opportunity.

Source: 2019 Massachusetts governor inaugural (State of the State) Jan 3, 2019

Heidi Wellman: Oppose affirmative action in hiring

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: NO

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Bob Massie: Supports $15 per hour minimum wage ballot question

Massie said the three [Democratic gubernatorial] candidates together recently collected signatures for the $15 per hour minimum wage ballot question drive at Park Street Station. "It's as if the building blocks are being pulled away from people," he said. "The American Dream is slipping away." But the problems, he said, are structural: "Bring in transportation like most other countries have. Develop renewable energy. Bring the costs of education down."

Massie noted his past experiences as a minister and at Harvard Business School, and work for economic and racial justice. He also spoke of his personal health challenges. Born with hemophilia, he was on braces as a child. "The national health program in France got me out of those crutches," he said. "These issues are burned into me because of my experiences."

Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Nov 13, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Raise minimum wage; support paid family leave

While those at the top have done well, middle class and low-income families are struggling to get ahead. The income gap here in Massachusetts is one of the worst in the country and is growing. We need to do all we can to give everyone a fair shot. That's why I support raising the minimum wage and paid family and medical leave.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website Jay4MA.com Sep 15, 2017

Setti Warren: Unions let workers fight economic inequality

While nobody likes the disruption that strikes can cause, the struggle faced by the Tufts nurses is a perfect example of why we need strong unions fighting for working people every day. If you work hard all of your life, you deserve to retire with dignity so you can pass along what you have earned to the next generation. If we're going to push back on economic inequality, we need to keep fighting for decent wages, fair working conditions and solid retirement benefits.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website SettiWarren.com Aug 31, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Raise minimum wage to $15 in MA; and raise for US also

Q: No one who works 40-hours a week should live in poverty. The minimum wage needs to be a livable wage of $15 an hour.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support local flexibility on minimum wage with an increase from $11 an hour in Massachusetts, and an increase from $7.25 an hour nationally. [I gathered signatures for RiseUp's $15-minimum-wage in Massachusetts]

Source: ORMA questionnaire for 2017 local Massachusetts endorsements Jul 31, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Youth jobs programs at municipal & state level

Q: It is critically important to create jobs for disadvantaged young Americans by investing in a youth jobs programs.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: I support youth jobs programs at the municipal level as well as at the state level.

Source: ORMA questionnaire for 2017 local Massachusetts endorsements Jul 31, 2017

Setti Warren: $15 minimum wage and paid family leave

We must take action now to make sure the Commonwealth's economy works for everyone by instituting policies like a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave. Setti Warren also believes we need to rethink how education works. In addition to making college more accessible, the Commonwealth needs to be a national leader by creating a model for lifelong learning, paid apprenticeships and co-ops to help workers adapt to shifting economic conditions.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Charlie Baker: No disclosure of salary history; equal pay for equal work

S2119: An Act to establish pay equity: Summary by Mintz-Levin law firm blog: The law makes Massachusetts the first state to forbid businesses from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history before offering them a job. By doing so, the state will help ensure historically lower wages and salaries do not continue for women and minorities throughout their entire careers. Language also defines the "equal pay for equal work" clause, which takes education, seniority, training, and performance into account.

Legislative Outcome: : Passed Senate 40-0-0 on Jul/23/16; Passed House 154-0-6 on Jul/23/16; Signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Aug/1/16

Source: 2022 Massachusetts Senate voting record S2119 Aug 1, 2016

Ben Downing: No disclosure of salary history; equal pay for equal work

S2119: An Act to establish pay equity: Summary by Mintz-Levin law firm blog: The law makes Massachusetts the first state to forbid businesses from requiring job applicants to disclose their salary history before offering them a job. By doing so, the state will help ensure historically lower wages and salaries do not continue for women and minorities throughout their entire careers. Language also defines the "equal pay for equal work" clause, which takes education, seniority, training, and performance into account.

Legislative Outcome: : Passed Senate 40-0-0 on Jul/23/16; State Senator Ben Downing voted YES; Passed House 154-0-6 on Jul/23/16; Signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Aug/1/16

Source: 2022 Massachusetts Senate voting record S2119 Jul 23, 2016

Steve Grossman: A million MA workers have no earned sick time

Grossman stressed his experience as a businessman: "I'm proud to be the only Democratic candidate running for governor with a history of creating jobs," Grossman told the gathering. Grossman owns Grossman Marketing Group, a 4th-generation family business that has been a "union shop" for more than six decades, according to the candidate.

He said a million workers woke up today "without one hour of earned sick time," and "as governor, I would change that."

Grossman pointed to his work as state treasurer--including bringing the state's reserve funds back to Massachusetts banks from abroad, setting up Small Business Banking Partnership, an organization that has made $1 billion in loans to local small businesses, expanding the public bidding process and putting the state's checkbook online.

Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 14, 2014

Brian Herr: Member of the Repeal The Casino Deal Leadership Team

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