New England News
5:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Calls To Raise Minimum Wage,Improve Worker Benefits Heard At Labor Breakfast

Labor leaders are urging people in Massachusetts to take steps to close what they say is a widening gap between rich and poor.

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   The Massachusetts AFL-CIO will be advocating for ballot questions in Massachusetts to raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick leave and establish nurse to patient staffing ratios in hospitals.  Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council President Fiori Grassetti says everyone needs a higher standard of living.

   250 people, including many local and several state elected officials attended Friday’s annual labor breakfast in Chicopee. Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern spoke at the breakfast.  A video of remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren was played for the gathering.