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Activists To Hold Meeting On Upcoming Labor Bills In Massachusetts

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Ted Goodman Reporter

Labor activists in Massachusetts plan to meet Tuesday at the Statehouse in an effort to bring attention to a series of worker health and safety bills on the state legislature’s upcoming agenda.

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) and the Massachusetts American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) will be among the labor groups and activists present for the meeting.

The meeting comes as the state legislature returns for the new legislative session. Members of Beacon Hill received a pleasant New Years gift from the state, which increased member salaries for 2017.

The Massachusetts Constitution requires the governor to adjust the lawmakers salary every two years based on changes in the median household income. The legislators received a 4.2 percent increase in pay based on new numbers, according to the Newbury Port News.

The state is one of 10 full-time state legislatures, and it’s members are the sixth highest paid in the country. Republican Governor Charlie Baker declined to take a $6,000 increase, keeping his pay at $151,000.

Steve Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO will be among the legislators, legislative aides and labor activists who meet Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. The Massachusetts legislature is made up of 125 Democrats and 35 Republicans.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday morning inside the “Great Hall” at the Statehouse building.

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