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Grand Bargain Law

RAM Pulled Sales Tax Ballot Question to accept "Grand Bargain" Compromise - $15, Paid Family/Medical Leave, Sunday/Holiday Premium Pay Repeal, Annual Sales Tax Holiday

Charts:  Initiatives v. Grand Bargain


Briefings on Grand Bargain Law

Find out why, and what’s in it

RAM to co-host a series of regional forums. This is your opportunity to learn about the final package and how it will impact your business. Following the presentation, there will be time for questions on how best to prepare your business for the new law, some of which goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

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For RAM, Grand Bargain was about cost mitigation; future challenges need broader business community support.

The so-called “Grand Bargain” was signed into law in late June, and with its’ passage, three initiatives were kept off the November ballot.  One question was RAM’s rollback of the sales tax; and the other two were the $15 minimum wage and the paid family and medical leave payroll mandates. 

Make no mistake about it—without the existence of RAM’s sales tax initiative, the political pressure to remove these two costly labor mandates from the ballot would never have occurred.  The sales tax ballot initiative created the environment and the leverage to move closer to middle ground through compromise, rather than facing near certain voter passage of the labor initiatives.  Neither the Legislature nor the advocates pressing the labor mandates wanted to see a sales tax rollback with a $1 Billion price tag

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 2018 Marks RAM's 100 Year Anniversary

Want to learn more about RAM?  Who we arewhat we offer and why you should join.

Hear from our members on the value of RAM.

Mark your calendar for our celebratory reception.

As we reflect on our past and begin to embark on our next century of serving the retail industry, we want to learn the histories of the businesses we represent. Some of our members have been in business as long as we have, and we want to know about them.
The cover of the January/February edition of the Retail Review featured the Union Oyster House—the oldest restaurant in Boston founded in 1826. The March/ April issue featured  Rocky's Hardware store in Springfield which opened in 1926 and the May/June issue highlights, M. Steinert & Sons in Boston which opened in 1896.
Help us celebrate industry success stories like these by clicking here and sharing with us your piece of Massachusetts retail history.
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RAM 2018-2020 Fixed Rate Electricity Program

RAM has teamed up with electricity broker Freedom Energy Logistics (FEL) and electricity supplier First Point Power (FPP) to offer RAM members a 24 month Fixed Rate Electric price from November 2018 through October 2020.  This fixed rate program is designed to protect you against unexpected price fluctuations commonly experienced in the electricity market. 

ACT NOW!!!  This offer is only available until September 21, 2018 BY 3:00 pm.

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Cove Risk Services, the administrator of the Massachusetts Retail Merchants Workers’ Compensation Group (MRM), is partnering with the RAM to offer FREE safety awareness training for member managers and supervisors on October 16, 2018 at the Perkins/Gordon Food Service facility in Taunton, MA.

Mark your calendars, and register today!

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