I was arrested this morning in Cambridge for civil disobedience when I took to the streets alongside fast food and airport workers who are asking for a $15 minimum wage. I’m very proud of the brave workers for having the courage to stand up to billionaire corporations and to fight for what they deserve.
I have spoken with many workers who feel exploited, who feel like their employers don’t treat them with dignity, and who struggle to pay their bills despite working full-time jobs. Some even work two full time jobs just to make ends meet – that’s not right and it’s not fair. We all deserve a basic quality of life where our hard work is paid with wages that allow us to grow and to seek other opportunities.
Big corporations have been exploiting lower-wage workers for decades, forcing people to work long hours and tough schedules without receiving fair holiday or sick pay, and without earning a living wage.
I want every worker in Massachusetts to know that you have strong allies in your state legislature. We know that we all need the same things to survive. We know that we all deserve time off or to recover when we’re sick without risking getting fired. We know that we all deserve to be paid fairly for the good, hard work that we provide, a wage that allows us to save for retirement or for our children’s education.
We know what you deserve. We will keep fighting with you, side by side, until we have a living minimum wage in Massachusetts, and until there is justice in the work place for all workers.