Statement from Representative Ultrino, Senator Wolf, Mass. AFL-CIO President Tolman, and Fight for $15

BOSTON – Following the favorable report of An Act to establish a living wage for employees of big box retail stores and fast food chains, legislators, workers, and supporters of the bill rallied at the State House in support of the Fight for $15 movement.

“This piece of legislation and this entire movement is about working class individuals and their families,” said Representative Steve Ultrino (D-Malden), the lead sponsor of the bill in the House. “I’m thrilled that the committee has supported our bill, and I’m looking forward to this legislation becoming law.”

"When committed workers and activists rally for a $15 an hour minimum wage, filling the State House steps with enthusiasm, it's my honor to join them,” said Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich). “And I had great news to share:  Today the committee I co-chair- the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development- endorsed my bill to guarantee $15 an hour for people working in big box stores and fast food restaurants.  Another great step forward!”

“Given the income inequality in America and Massachusetts, this legislation is a step in the right direction but we have a staircase still to climb. We look forward to putting all our efforts towards its passage,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman.

“Fifteen dollars an hour would help lift up our communities by strengthening our families that are barely hanging on right now,” said Theresa Pennington, a single mother and a fast food worker at Dunkin Donuts where she makes $9 an hour. “Today’s announcement shows the growing momentum behind Fight for $15, and stands as one more reminder that when workers unite, we win.”