An Act improving vocational training opportunities for unemployed workers

Under current unemployment law, an unemployed worker is eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits to participate in vocational training. This bill extends the period in which a claimant has to submit an application for training programs.

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Increases state earned income tax credit from 15%, which is low nationally, to 50%, to help provide a path out of poverty.

An Act addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status

This bill makes it unlawful to subject an employee to an abusive work environment. It also makes it unlawful to retaliate against an employee who opposes an unlawful employment practice, or who makes a charge, testified, or participated in the investigation

An Act creating a living wage for employees and contracted employees of the Commonwealth

Establishes a $15/hour living wage for employees of the Commonwealth and it’s contractors and subcontractors, indexed to inflation.

State Living Wage bill

Starts state workers at $13.89/hour. This applies to companies getting state contracts, tax credits and subsidies. 120 municipalities in MA already have this law.

An Act relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Establishes collective bargaining rights for CPCS employees (public defenders)

An Act to further define the standards of employee safety

This bill amends the section of the law that gives the state the authority to investigate and establish regulations to protect the safety and health of Massachusetts workers, and establishes federal OSHA as the baseline for such rules and regulations.  This way, all employees have consistent safety protections – and public employees don’t just receive such protections after a death or serious injury.