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Impossible Choices

February 4, 2014

Every day, workers in Massachusetts face impossible choices.

Emily Rodriguez doesn't have access to earned sick time. On days when her daughter Johemy is sick, Emily has to leave her home alone because she can't afford to miss a day of work.

Eunice Alvarez works hard to provide for her family, but she finds herself having to choose between paying her car insurance or buying school clothes for her daughters because her minimum wage paycheck just isn't enough to pay for both.

It's stories like these that show why we need to Raise Up Massachusetts.

Click the image below to watch a video that demonstrates some of the impossible choices that low-wage workers without access to earned sick time face every day as they struggle to make ends meet and support their families.

There are a lot of reasons to raise the minimum wage and pass earned sick time: it's good for the economy, it helps families survive, and ensures more dignity for those whose hard work doesn't pay enough to keep them out of poverty. The biggest reason, however, is the effect a higher minimum wage and earned sick time have on the lives of people directly impacted.

That's why we need your help to make sure that the stories of these workers are heard far and wide. Click here to watch the video and share it with your friends.

By collecting signatures to put earned sick time and minimum wage on the ballot in 2014, we've taken the first step to make a change for Massachusetts workers. But the fight is far from over.

These are just a handful of the more than 1 million workers who would be impacted by our ballot initiatives. Take a few minutes to watch the video today and share it with everyone you know and then call your legislator to let them know you support these issues. The voices of low-wage workers have been silenced for long enough, let's do what we can to make sure that they are heard.