the republic logo

Members of Massachusetts clergy seek minimum wage bill tied to inflation


BOSTON — A group representing clergy from around the state is urging lawmakers to agree on a bill that not only raises the minimum wage but also ties future increases in the wage to inflation.

Massachusetts Faith Voices met Thursday with representatives of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray and delivered a letter signed by 344 religious leaders of several faiths.

The Senate has approved a hike in the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour over three years and includes automatic cost-of-living adjustments in the future.

The House bill increases the wage to $10.50 per hour by 2016 but does not index to inflation.

The clergy also called for raising the minimum wage for workers who earn tips to at least 50 percent of the minimum wage for other workers.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.