Massachusetts teenagers could get lower minimum wage than adults. Credit: Metro file photo
Massachusetts teenagers could be looking at smaller paychecks in the near future, thanks to legislation before the Labor and Workforce Development Committee.
The bill states that teens could make 25 percent less than the state’s current $8 an hour minimum wage.
Some business owners throughout the state are thrilled by the idea. One business owner told Rep. Kevin Kuros of Uxbridge, who filed the bill, that “paying $8 an hour for someone you have to teach how to use a broom just doesn’t work for me,” the State House News Service reported.
But not everyone is cheering on the legislation. Many say that teens who work to support their families would be the real victims of any sort of wage cuts.
Tim Sullivan of the AFL-CIO explained that the move “shows a lack of understanding on the value of work, and importance of work, particularly to those in poverty.”
A 17-year-old who is working to help support their family doesn’t “deserve 25 percent less,” Sullivan said.
The minimum wage was last increased in 2008. Some lawmaker are still discussing a raise, but it has yet to be formally proposed.