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  O-14
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  January 27, 2014
COUNCILLOR CARLONE
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG

WHEREAS: The minimum wage in Massachusetts has been stuck at $8 per hour since 2008, despite continued (and sometimes pronounced) increases in the cost of food, housing, transportation, health care, education, and other basic living expenses; and
    
WHEREAS: The "Raise Up" Massachusetts coalition recently announced that it had gathered a record-breaking quarter of a million signatures to ensure that a higher minimum wage and earned sick time will appear on the ballot for statewide election on November 4, 2014; and
     
WHEREAS: Under the laws of the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature now has the opportunity to consider and proactively adopt the minimum wage initiative before the ballot question reaches voters; and
     
WHEREAS: The Massachusetts Senate voted on November 19, 2013, to move forward with an increase in the minimum wage up to $11 per hour; and
    
WHEREAS: The Massachusetts House of Representatives is now considering the minimum wage question, and the Cambridge Chronicle reported on December 2, 2013, that the House Speaker wants to tie any increase in the minimum wage to cuts in unemployment insurance; and
      
WHEREAS: The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published an updated study on November, 19, 2013, which found that 5,200 workers in the City of Cambridge would directly benefit from a minimum wage increase, along with 2,500 local workers who would indirectly benefit. In all, some 15% of workers in the City of Cambridge would see their wages rise if the minimum wage increase is adopted; now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council calls upon the Massachusetts Legislature to adopt an increase in the minimum wage to $11 per hour, without any corresponding cuts to unemployment insurance; and be it further
    
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the Cambridge Legislative Delegation on behalf of the entire City Council. 

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