Twenty members of Massachusetts Faith Voices delivered a letter to State House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray last week, signed by the interfaith group of 344 religious leaders and written in support of a new state minimum wage bill. While both houses have approved a hike in the current $8 minimum wage over the next three years, the group is urging lawmakers to tie the minimum wage increase to the rate of inflation (which is not currently part of the House-proposed bill), and to increase the minimum wage for workers who earn tips to 50 percent of the regular minimum wage.
Ian Holland, pastor of First Church in Swampscott UCC, was among those addressing lawmakers last week.
"It’s a moral issue for us. We believe it’s a right of dignity for all workers and we believe there are members of our congregations who are behind this bill - and a complete bill and a just bill that includes indexing as well as justice for workers who are on tipped wages,” Pastor Holland told the State House News Service.