State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is calling for the elimination of a lower wage for tipped workers.
The Pittsfield Democrat joined other lawmakers and Restaurant Opportunities Center on Wednesday at the statehouse to introduce a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers until it matches the minimum wage for all other industries.
Ty Allan Jackson, local author, literacy advocate, publisher and motivational speaker, and Shirley Edgerton, founder and director of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, director of Youth Alive and cultural proficiency coach for the Pittsfield Public Schools, were honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier says that since 2016, the Massachusetts legislature has been shifting further left.
And that's meant the Progressive Caucus' numbers are growing. She is currently the co-chair of that group and has watched it swell in ranks.
This is not a job to be undertaken lightly. Before he even ran for secretary of state, Bill Galvin was an exceptionally qualified and capable elections attorney. Today he oversees our entire elections system and given the current very real threat of election hacking, I wouldn't have it any other way.
Each representative across the Commonwealth filed a number of amendments for specific projects in their district.
This year, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is putting all of her efforts behind just one: St. Mary the Morningstar.
One of the most important aspects of the bill is the outline of how proceedings shall be conducted when an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking is reported. Both the reporting party and responding party are given equal rights, notices and opportunity for representation throughout the proceeding.
About a decade ago, the city of Pittsfield became well aware of the impact that teenage pregnancy has on a community.
The city had reached a high in the number of births among teenage women and it brought on an array of challenges, from poverty to social issues to that child having trouble learning in school.
The state's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday shoring up the rights of pregnant workers.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to provide basic accommodations for employees who are pregnant or a new mother. Such provisions include allowing pregnant woman to take more frequent bathroom breaks, drink water while they work, or provided a stool to sit on.