Massachusetts Union News

Video Workers at Vice Vote to Join the Union Family

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-25 09:22

Workers for Vice Media voted this week to come together in union, with content creators joining the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) and post-production employees becoming members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), an affiliate of the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Vice said it will recognize the unions after a third-party card-check confirmed that the majority of the employees in each unit voted to unionize.

Trumka: Charter/Spectrum Employees Want Fair Return on Their Work

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-25 09:20

This week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined union and community leaders marching across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to show solidarity for Charter/Spectrum workers who are on strike.

RN Response Network to Deploy Additional Nurse Volunteers to Houston Post-Hurricane Harvey

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:24

National Nurses United’s (NNU’s) Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a national network of volunteer nurses, will deploy its second delegation of RN volunteers to Houston, beginning Monday, Sept. 11, to provide medical assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, NNU announced.

OSHA's Claims About Hiding Information on Worker Deaths Fall Flat

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:18

Since January, government agencies under the Donald Trump administration have taken steps to hide information from the public--information that was previously posted and information that the public has a right to know.


UFCW Condemns White House Decision to End DACA

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-11 08:19

 Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cold-hearted, cruel, and a betrayal of what America stands for. 

“Hundreds of thousands of young, hard-working men and women who love America will now be needlessly punished for childhood circumstances. These young people have grown up in this country, passed background checks, pay taxes, go to school, and have worked hard to build a better America. They have earned and deserve fair treatment, but instead their lives are being thrown into chaos with this announcement. 

“President Trump’s decision will not make America great again; rather, it will tear families apart, damage communities, and further fuel a terrible divide that is already hurting the nation we all love. 

“On behalf of the 1.3 million members of our union family, we urge all Members of Congress to immediately do what is right and protect these Dreamers.”

Labor 411's New 'Ethical Consumer' Series Empowers Working People to Express Their Voice Through Spending Choices

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-09-11 08:18

Through its BuyBlue campaign, Labor 411 has launched a fun and informative new series of "Ethical" blog posts that target products, experiences and ingredients made by companies who treat their workers fairly. The posts, which will appear on the Labor 411 blog, include a variety of targeted topics, including the Ethical Consumerista, Ethical Chef, Ethical Bartender, Ethical Traveler and Ethical Manufacturer.

Message From UFCW Local 455 President Bill Hopkins About Members Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2017-09-05 10:24

Over 15 thousand hard-working UFCW members and their families have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They are in urgent need of temporary shelter, clothes, fresh food, and other daily essentials. To help them through this critical time, UFCW Local 455 has set up a Membership Assistance Fund. Donations can be made to this fund directly from this page.

Why Unions Matter to Millennials

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2017-09-05 10:21

Did you know that the UFCW is home to more people under the age of 30 than any other labor union? And for good reason – Millennials are the hardest hit generation when it comes to poor wages and benefits, making it difficult to earn a living.

Happy & Healthy Labor Day What's New Feed - Sun, 2017-09-03 20:20
Brothers  & Sisters: As summer draws to a close, I would like to extend warm wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy Labor Day.

Cancer Warning Message What's New Feed - Tue, 2017-08-29 18:22
Studies show firefighters face an increased risk of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — which put a baseball-sized tumor in Preston’s chest a year ago and is now attacking the lining of his heart.

CVS workers win workplace improvements

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-28 08:38

After months of negotiations with CVS, over 5,000 members of UFCW Locals 5, 135, 324, 648, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442 who work at over 350 CVS stores in Southern California have achieved wage increases and better access to more affordable health care in the newly organized stores.

Letter to Whole Foods Board of Directors: Amazon’s Acquisition Must Protect Hard-Working Employees

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-28 08:36

UFCW International President Marc Perrone releases letter calling on Whole Foods Board of Directors to protect Whole Foods Workers from Threat of Amazon. 

Funeral & Wake Information for Brother Fitzgerald What's New Feed - Wed, 2017-08-23 16:35
Boston Firefighters Local 718 sadly announces the death of past Local 718 President James B. “Sarge” Fitzgerald, Engine Co.24 retired. The “Sarge” held many positions in Local 718 for many years including Vice President and President.

Unemployment Appeal Update

IBEW 2222 News - Mon, 2017-08-21 16:20

CWA and IBEW have just been notified of the decision by MA Unemployment.

Leaders in both IBEW and CWA are looking into the appeal process.


In Solidarity,

Myles Calvey, IBEW, T-6 Chairman

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400


See decision below:


Conclusion In sum, we conclude as a matter of law that the employer has established that the labor dispute caused a stoppage of work to the Company's wireline business, within the meaning of G.L. c.151A, § 25(b). We further conclude that the employer has not established that the labor dispute caused a stoppage of work to its wireless store in Everett.   The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the six claimants employed by Verizon Wireless are reversed. These six claimants are eligible for benefits for the weeks ending April 16, 2016 through June 4, 2016, if otherwise eligible.   The DUA's determinations denying benefits to the remaining 4,057 claimants are affirmed. These claimant are denied benefits for the weeks ending Aprill6, 2016 through June 4, 2016.   BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS DATE OF DECISION- August 18, 2017   Paul T. Fitzgerald, Esq. Chairman Judith M. Neumann, Esq. Member Charlene A. Stawicki, Esq. Member



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Statement by Steven A. Tolman, President Massachusetts AFL-CIO on Not Guilty Verdict in ‘Top Chef’ Trial

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-21 10:52

We commend the jury in the US District Court who decided, in their not guilty verdict today, to protect one of the most valued and important rights we hold dear as Americans: the right to protest.

Statement on Charlottesville and August 19th Boston Counter Protest by Steven A. Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-21 10:50

With you, I have watched with heartbreak the hateful and violent actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville this week and the subsequent offensive and troubling reaction from President Trump. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO joins AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka in condemning last Saturday’s act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. We mourn with the families and friends of Heather Heyer and state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. We call on President Trump to unequivocally reject white supremacy and racism.

IBEW Solidarity

IBEW 2222 News - Thu, 2017-08-17 15:09

When you are a Union Member, you are part of a family.  That solidarity defines us, to the point that an injury to one is an injury to all.

With that in mind, please take a moment to read the attached letter from IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson.  Click Here




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