Massachusetts Union News

AG Healey issues guidance on education and immigration

Public schools cannot deny access to education based on immigration status.

UFCW Members, Locals, and Volunteers Collect Thousands of Pounds of Food for 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-05-22 09:47

In the weeks and days leading up to Saturday, May 13, the day of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, UFCW members and locals volunteered at events and donated non-perishable food items to help America’s families put food on their tables.

Yale: Negotiate with Your Graduate Teachers

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-05-22 09:42

In February, the graduate teachers voted to be represented by UNITE HERE. But Yale University has refused to negotiate with them. If they stall long enough, more appointees by President Donald Trump will be seated at the National Labor Relations Board. How quickly do you think those appointees would vote to roll back the rights of graduate workers?

Thousands rally for public education

MTA president: "When we are defending our public schools, we are defending our vision for a better world.”

Awards, wide array of business at 172nd MTA Annual Meeting

MTA members cap off two-day meeting with march and Rally for Public Education.

AT&T Mobility Strike

IBEW 2222 News - Fri, 2017-05-19 16:43
Please Help - Join a picket Line This Weekend

We know all too well what it's like being on a picket line.  We also know what it felt like to get help from our friends in labor.

40,000 workers at AT&T went on strike Friday at 3pm ET/Noon PT to fight for a fair union contract.

This is the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history.

Can you join striking workers on a picket line at a nearby retail store Friday, Saturday or Sunday?

Boston picket lines are up at the following locations:

  • 1329 BEACON ST BROOKLINE, MA 02446

You can also CLICK HERE and enter your Zip Code to find a location near you.  Thank You in advance!


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We need you to take action right away on the state budget!

Urge your state senator to support MTA-backed amendments.

Gerard L. Pellegrini Scholarship Application

UFCW 1459 - Thu, 2017-05-18 08:24

Gerard L. Pellegrini was a renowned trial lawyer who established a reputation for excellence in representing working people in Western Massachusetts and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1957, he founded the law firm of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. He died in 2015, after having practiced for 50 years. Sixty years after its founding, the firm continues his legacy of advocating for injured people in courts and administrative agencies throughout Massachusetts.

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New England Work & Family Committee

IBEW 2222 News - Wed, 2017-05-17 09:42

The New England Work and Family Committee is a joint committee comprised of Union and Company representatives and supported by funds obtained through contract negotiations with each Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Committee creates programs to assist members and employees with health and life issues.

Dependent Care Reimbursement - Members must re-apply by May 30th for May reimbursements.  Please Click Here for eligibility guidelines and application.

Health & Wellness - Applications are due by June 30th for the January 1 - June 30, 2017 period.  The maximum reimbursement for this period is $150.  This will increase to $200 for July 1 - December 31st.  Please Click Here for an application.

Summer Camp - Applications for summer camp reimbursement are due by September 30th.  Members may be reimbursed up to $200 per child per summer for eligible programs.  Please Click Here for eligibility guidelines and application.

For a complete list of offerings, please visit The New England Work and Family website.

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2017 Jack O'Shea Golf Tournament

IBEW 2222 News - Wed, 2017-05-17 08:51

Thank You to all who helped make the Jack O'Shea Golf Tournament a success again this year.  This annual event is the largest fundraiser we have to benefit the Local 2222 Benevolent Fund.  The tournament was held at the William Devine - Franklin Park Golf Course in Dorchester on Friday, May 12th.  Golfers enjoyed a round of golf, a gift and a scrumptious buffet lunch.

Congratulations & Thank You once again to all the golfers and sponsors on another successful tournament! See you next year!

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2222 Chief Steward & Legislative Director Paul Feeney is a Candidate for State Senate

IBEW 2222 News - Wed, 2017-05-17 07:36

IBEW 2222's own Paul Feeney has announced his candidacy for State Senate in Bristol & Norfolk County.  Paul has worked tirelessly for our membership, and will bring that same work ethic to the Statehouse, fighting for working families.

Paul has a substantial record in politics, having served as a Foxboro Selectman, Senator James Timilty's Chief of Staff, Labor Director for Congressman Stephen Lynch's campaign, and most recently as the state director in both Massachusetts and Connecticut for Senator Bernie Saunders Presidential campaign.

"I believe deeply that we deserve a strong voice on Beacon Hill that reflects our values and fights for our families and our communities.  Too often, the interests of the average person are trumped by special interests or those serving only their own political ambition.  I have spent my life working hard and fighting for others even when it was not politically expedient and will continue to do so if elected as your State Senator." - Paul

The district includes Attleboro (Wards: 3B, 4A&B, 5A&B, 6A&B), Foxboro, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon (Precincts 1, 4, 5), Walpole.  Click Here to see if you live in the district and for information on your elected officials.

Please consider helping in any way you can - Let's elect one of our own!



Donate: Paul Feeney for MA State Senate




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Stop Santander from Sucking Puerto Rico Dry!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 18:32
Puerto Rico’s debt crisis continues to devastate the people who live there. The island’s government, with the assistance of corporate investors, has looted public funds and gambled with Puerto Rico’s future by privatizing essential services. Now that Puerto Rico is broke thanks to their efforts, residents face massive, immediate school closings, a lack of clean drinking water, and the risk of a dangerous Zika epidemic this summer. Throughout this process, former Santander executive Carlos M. Garcia has played a key role, first as the head of Puerto Rico’s public bank, and now as a member of the federal control board. Garcia helped drown Puerto Rico in unpayable debt and liquidate a fund for water and sewer projects, while Puerto Rico’s infrastructure has crumbled. With Garcia’s help, Santander has made huge profits off the crisis and stands to make even more. On Tuesday, May 16, just as the AFL-CIO released a new report on Santander and Garcia’s participation in the crisis, we gathered with Allianza por Puerto Rico and the Boston Teachers Union in front of Santander’s US headquarters in Boston to stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, who are fighting to get their island back from the banks that [...]

May 17, 2017: Rally to Protect MBTA Services and Jobs

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 17:55
Join us Wednesday, May 17th @ 9:30AM to tell Massachusetts policy-makers that the time to invest in public transit is now. MA State House (front steps) Wednesday, May 17th 9:30AM It’s time to invest in a transit system that works for all us – by providing quality, reliable service for riders; collaborating with our highly skilled workforce towards system improvements and innovations; and engaging our communities to design policies that address the needs of impacted stakeholders. Specifically, we are calling on the legislature to ensure the MBTA does not privatize core service jobs like bus maintenance. Privatization schemes have hurt taxpayers, riders, and workers. We cannot afford more expensive, failed privatization schemes like Keolis. Join us after the rally as we lobby our legislators on these critical issues. Facebook event here.

May 17, 2017: Stand with Haitian Immigrants

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 17:51
50,000 immigrants, including maybe 5000 Haitians face losing their Temporary Protection Status in an upcoming decision this week by the Trump Administration. THis program has given these refugees from the Haitian earthquake the right to be here legally and the right to work.  But it has to be renewed every 18 months and the Trump Administration will decide by May 22 whether or not to renew it and we  are worried they are leaning toward not doing so. To take action to support the renewal of Haitian TPS, Haitian community, religious, and political, and labor leaders and members are gathering this Wednesday at 1:30 on the fourth floor of the State House, use the first elevators you come to when you go the left down the hall after the entrance on Beacon Street. The event is is hosted by State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. THe event is part of Hatian Heritage Month but will focus on the Haitian TPS crisis and right afterwards we expect to visit the office of Governor Baker, to ask him to take emergency action as the highest elected Republican official in our state who can reach the Trump Administration to speak in support of the Haitian [...]

UFCW Celebrates National Third Shift Workers Day

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-05-15 09:12

From stocking shelves to providing late-night medical care, when the rest of the world goes to sleep, many UFCW members’ work days are just getting started. To celebrate the hard work and sacrifice made by those who work overnight to keep our communities running smoothly, International President Marc Perrone surprised several UFCW Local 2008 members at Kroger in Little Rock, Arkansas, with a late night visit in honor of National Third Shift Workers Day.

We Will Defend and Resist: Prepare for Workplace Raids and Audits

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-05-15 09:07

During the 2016 election, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump made it clear that his administration would be more aggressive in pursuing immigration enforcement. This likely means more aggressive workplace actions, including raids that result in the immediate arrest of working people. Our new We Will Defend and Resist toolkit explains the processes and players involved in worksite enforcement and provides resources and guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a raid or audit.

Local 1459 joins in 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

UFCW 1459 - Fri, 2017-05-12 16:20

On May 12th,  2017, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459  along with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 46, collected donations from union members for the 25th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive at the Local 1459 office and encouraged Western Massachusetts residents to participate the next day, Saturday, May 13th by leaving non-perishable groceries at their mailbox for letter carriers to collect.

President of UFCW Local 1459 Dan Clifford said “We are proud of the partnership between the UFCW and NALC to help those most in need. Working families see their letter carrier at least six days a week, and they often see their grocery clerk or checker just as frequently.  Our members' work helps put food on your table and we want to make sure in our country no one goes hungry”.

North Quincy educator named 2018 Teacher of the Year

High school teacher was whale biologist before career shift.

Defend Public Education from the Trump Agenda!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-05-08 13:32
Last year, we won a landslide victory in Massachusetts against the forces of privatization, defeating a dangerous ballot initiative that would have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools. Now, the struggle continues. We must stand together to resist the plans and policies of Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Governor Charlie Baker. It is time to demand the public schools and colleges our communities deserve. That’s why, on May 20, thousands of parents, educators, and students are uniting to demand: Full funding for public education, Pre-K through college Debt-free public higher education Less testing, more learning Equitable access to quality education for all students Rally for Public Education Saturday, May 20 2-5 PM Boston Common @ Beacon & Charles St RSVP and find a ride from locations around the state here! Share with your friends on Facebook here.   Right now, we need your help getting the word out to everyone we can! We’ll be making phone calls from our office to let folks know about the rally for the next two weeks. The more people we can mobilize, the clearer our message that Massachusetts is willing to stand up for public education. Can you [...]

Ask Your State Representative to Support These 2 Important Amendments to the House Budget

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-05-08 09:42

Amendment #1169, “GIC Out-of-Pocket Cap” – filed by Representative Paul Mark
Earlier this year, the Group Insurance Commission approved changes to co-pays and deductibles for GIC health plans that, as of July 1st, will shift nearly $150 million in out-of-pocket costs to employees. While Governor Baker has made clear he does not want to raise taxes or fees on Massachusetts residents, shifting a disproportionate share of health costs onto workers is in fact a direct tax on public employees.

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