Massachusetts poised to raise Minimum Wage is meaningless and will not help those workers who are currently being cheated.  There is little or nil enforcement in existing Minimum Wage, Child Labor, and Employment Laws in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts was formerly the national leader in minimum wage, child labor, employment, and wage enforcement laws. Honest employers and their employees are being forced to compete unfairly against businesses that cheat.

Most cheating businesses have little fear of being caught as the Attorney General and Workforce Development do not enforce the laws, rules, and regulations with adequate staffing, oversight, and prosecutions.

The blame squarely falls on those elements in organized labor that destroyed the hard fought Secretariat of Labor in 1993 instead of monitoring and holding the agency accountable. The leader of the carnage was former Senate President, Labor lawyer, and then Ways and Means Chair Thomas Birmingham. Those labor bosses and Birmingham  have failed to advocate and insure adequate resources and those agencies are doing their mandated functions. They continue to cover up their failure for their decisions with workers and the taxpayers continuing to suffer.

It is unfortunate that workers who are exploited have to retain a lawyer for hire to obtain the fruits of their labor and government in their time of need is not there to help. Unfortunately, some of the elements from organized labor that sat by and covered up the destruction of Massachusetts employment law enforcement are now in charge of those government agencies.

The message to those businesses who cheat, do so, the chances of getting caught is little or nil, and when caught pay up most times cents on the dollar if any. Massachusetts has welcomed businesses who cheat their employees and do not pay their fair share of taxes