An urgent call for higher wages 

3/6/2013 Categories: minimum wage sequestration


By Katie Johnston |  GLOBE STAFF     MARCH 03, 2013

Acting US Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris has been talking to low-wage workers around the country about President Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 by 2015 — a pay hike the White House estimates would give nearly 15 million people a raise. Katie Johnston of the Globe staff spoke with Harris after he met with workers at the Action for Boston Community Development food bank in Roxbury.

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Cost of sequestration hits home in Boston 

3/6/2013 Categories: sequestration

Head Start program braces for cuts that could leave 250 children and perhaps a center out in the cold

By Brian Ballou |  GLOBE STAFF     MARCH 03, 2013

Vanessa Dorion has come to rely on the South Boston Head Start program, where her 4-year-old son, Brody, has thrived since he started coming in September. But there's a word that has unnerved her and most of the other parents who have children in the program — sequestration.

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Impacts of Sequester coming to Mass. 

3/6/2013 Categories: sequestration

Written by Kyle Plantz | Published Mar 5, 2013

After several failed attempts at negotiations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress over the federal budget, across the board spending cuts known as the sequester when into effect Friday, and some Massachusetts agencies are bracing for the negative impacts.

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Lawmakers push legislation for aid in heating crisis 

3/6/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance

Written by Zoe Roos | Published Feb 28, 2013

Several New England lawmakers re-introduced legislation Tuesday to increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a system that helps thousands of families in Massachusetts each year.

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey is one of four house democrats trying to increase the annual funding before the sequester slashes aid to such services.

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In D.C., local nonprofits to appeal cuts 

3/4/2013 Categories: sequestration

Hundreds of advocates nationwide look to talk to lawmakers about sequestration

By Emily Sweeney |  GLOBE STAFF     MARCH 04, 2013

As local human service agencies grapple with potential layoffs, pay cuts, and service reductions from sequestration, several agencies from Massachusetts plan to directly appeal to lawmakers in the nation’s capital this week.

The National Community Action Foundation’s legislative conference, scheduled to start Tuesday, will draw hundreds of advocates from all over the country to Washington, D.C., where sequestration promises to be a dominant topic.

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Pushing for a minimum-wage hike 

3/1/2013 Categories: minimum wage

February 28, 2013

(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) As acting U.S. Labor Secretary, Seth Harris spends a lot of time these days arguing for President Obama’s push to raise the U.S. minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9, the first increase in the minimum wage since 2009, when a two-year phased-in increase brought it from $5.15 to $7.25.

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Minimum wage bump would help 234G Bay State workers 

3/1/2013 Categories: minimum wage sequestration

February 28, 2013
By Marie Szaniszlo / Boston Herald

If approved by Congress, President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015 would benefit 234,000 Bay State workers, acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth Harris said yesterday. 

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Labor Secretary Harris in Boston touting Obama minimum wage hike 

3/1/2013 Categories: minimum wage

Feb 28, 2013

Mary Moore, Reporter-Boston Business Journal

Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris is making the rounds in Boston today to drum up support for President Barack Obama’s minimum wage proposal.

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