Massachusetts Union News

Election Day Is Tuesday. Vote.

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:34

This Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. Make your voice heard and vote for the candidates who advocate for working people.

Minnesota pork processing workers successfully negotiate raises, continued free health care, and more vacation

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:33

UFCW Local 663 members who work at JBS in Worthington, Minnesota, ratified a new agreement last month that raises wages and improves benefits. JBS is the largest pork production processor in Minnesota, and UFCW Local 663 represents over 1,900 members at the facility.

Member Spotlight: Lisa Colon

UFCW 1459 - Fri, 2018-11-02 10:44

Lisa Colon, long time UFCW Local 1459 member, leader, and now Union Represenative is this month's Member Spotlight for the UFCW International Union. Thank you Lisa for your committment and leadership!

When Lisa Colon’s daughter had to have three emergency surgeries in a week, she did what any good parent would do—prioritize the health of her child and do her best to take care of her while she recovered.

As a single mom balancing family and a career as a CNA at Chapin Center Nursing Home, Lisa had to put in for FMLA leave to take time off from work, but was horrified to find her request for the urgently needed time off denied by her employer.

Wanting to shift their workplace culture to one that prioritized the needs of the staff and respected the hard work nursing home employees put in to provide quality care for the residents, Lisa and her coworkers decided to take matters into their own hands and join the UFCW to make sure no one felt left out to dry in times of need.

Brother Ed Paris Wake & Funeral Information

local718.org What's New Feed - Tue, 2018-10-30 18:05
The wake for the late Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Paris Jr. Engine Co.

2018 Stewards' Seminar Empowers and Educates

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-29 14:25

This year over 150 stewards, union leaders, guests, and staff gathered at Tekoa Country Club to learn more from each other about how to better represent their fellow workers.  President Tyrone Housey and Secretary-Treasurer Dean Ethier began the day by addressing stewards as new leaders for UFCW Local 1459. Attorney David Rome provided an overview of the Janus decision and its impact the labor movement. A thorough and engaging presentation about grievance process was provided by retired IBEW staffer and labor educator Ed Collins. And the day ended with breakouts by sector so stewards from different bargaining units and locations could talk and learn from each other. Thank you to everyone who made this fantastic event possible.

Leading Up to the Midterms, UFCW Retirees Make a Difference

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-29 11:27

UFCW retirees are working hard to change the political environment for the better and encourage active citizenship—whether it’s helping to overturn work for less laws or getting out the vote leading up to the midterm elections.

A Landmark Moment

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-10-29 10:51

After a five-week organizing election, catering workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly voted to join UNITE HERE. After celebrating late last night, 2,700 United employees in Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Houston and Newark, N.J., will soon head to work with the hard-earned rights and dignities that come with a freshly printed union card.

No Ban, No Wall, No to Baker’s Racist Law: Week of Action for Immigrant Rights!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-08-04 16:37
Governor Charlie Baker has introduced anti-immigrant legislation that would force local law enforcement to collaborate with federal immigration police in detaining and deporting our immigrant brothers, sisters, and cousins. We must oppose this law, which threatens to tear more immigrant families and communities apart! SIGN THE PETITION HERE! But words are not enough — that’s why Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, along with our community, labor, student, and faith partners, are calling for statewide coordinated actions in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield:   No Ban, No Wall, No to Baker’s Racist Law! Day of Action Rallies Tuesday, August 8 Boston Massachusetts Statehouse 24 Beacon St. 11:45 RSVP and spread the word on Facebook here. Springfield 436 Dwight St 12:30 RSVP and spread the word on Facebook here. Worcester Worcester City Hall 455 Main Street 12:30 RSVP and spread the word on Facebook here. Baker’s Trump-like policies are clearly intended to squash the momentum that has grown in support of the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, but we will not be stopped! We will come together to declare that we the people have the power and that Baker does not speak for us. Together, we will push for welcoming legislation and declare Not One More deportation! If you’re in [...]

July 31, 2017: JwJ 2017 Summer Workshop – The Movement for Immigrant Rights

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 12:01
Part of our Summer Education Series July 31, 2017 6-7:30 PM 375 Centre St. Boston, MA 02130 Learn more about the past and present of the ongoing struggle for the rights of immigrants in the US. From ending deportations to defending immigrant workers’ rights on the job, find out how you can join the fight! Workshop Leader:Edwin Argueta Facebook event here. For more information, contact Gillian@massjwj.net. This space is wheelchair accessible.

August 1, 2017: Interfaith Gathering for Francisco

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:59
Justice for Francisco Interfaith Gathering #FreeFrancisco When: Tuesday, August 1st Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM Where: South Bay Detention Center/Suffolk County House of Corrections                20 Bradston St, Boston, MA (Nearby Boston Medical Center) (Arrive early to look for parking! There is only street parking.) This Tuesday, August 1st at noon, we are inviting you to join us for an Interfaith Gathering for Francisco at the South Bay Detention Center/Suffolk County House of Corrections, where Francisco has been detained since July 13th. We are calling on ICE to stop Francisco’s deportation and immediately release him from detention. ICE always has the discretion to release Francisco and stop his deportation while Francisco’s legal team pursues all legal avenues. This is why we must keep calling ICE to demand Francisco’s release as well as Governor Baker and our Senators and Congressman Capuano to do all that they can to support Francisco’s release! Facebook event: http://tinyurl.com/InterfaithGatheringFrancisco # Other ways you can help *this week*! -Join our Letter writing party to write to Francisco: Wednesday, August 2nd 5:30PM-7:30PM Mass. Jobs with Justice 375 Centre Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Facebook event: http://tinyurl.com/JWJLetterWritingParty -Sign this petition and call Governor Charlie Baker and ask for his support for Francisco Rodriguez’s immediate release [...]

August 2, 2017: Letter-Writing Party at Jobs with Justice

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:58
When: Wednesday, August 2 Time: 17:30-20:00 Where: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice office (375 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130) Come join JwJ organizers and write letters of support to Francisco Rodriguez and others held in detention! While we’re at it, why not write letters to Charlie Baker? Let’s write some letters and then go over to the Frogmore for a JwJ fundraiser!: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911967802396037/

August 3, 2017: Cocktails with Justice & Low Country Boil Fundraiser!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:57
When: Wednesday, August 2 Time: 20:00-23:00 Where: The Frogmore: Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar (365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130) On the first Wednesday of the month, the Frogmore restaurant in Jamaica Plain puts on a Low Country Boil — that means all-you-can-eat delicious shellfish, corn, potatoes, onions, and housemade sausage! On Wednesday, August 2nd, you can enjoy the feast AND the fact that proceeds on cocktails for that night will go to Jobs with Justice! Join us for food, drink, and solidarity!

August 4, 2017: Exploring Class & Classism

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:56
When: Thursday, August 4th  5:30 – 9:00 pm Where: BEST Hospitality Training Center (33 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111) As the political climate has shifted, we must learn how to work better across class, and to lift up the voices of working-class and low-income people who stand to be most affected by the actions of the new administration. Why is class often so difficult to talk about? How do the effects of class differences impact our work, our work relationships and our workplaces? Why is it important to collaborate across class divisions to create more unity, especially in these times? What is your class story? Discuss these questions and more at our upcoming open workshop on Tuesday, March 14th. These workshops provide a forum to learn about the effects of class differences and to look at how we all have been affected by class divisions. Class Action has spent 13 years developing creative ways of asking questions, sharing personal experiences and helping people to engage with issues of class in a meaningful way. Our popular education workshops are highly interactive, engaging and focused on learning from one another in the room. In this workshop, participants will explore: How class identities affect our lives, our work [...]

August 8, 2017: Women in the Workforce Breakfast

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:55
When: Tuesday, August 8th Time: 8:00-9:30AM Where: 313 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210-1221, United States Join us on 8/8 for our “Women in the Workforce” Breakfast. Admission is FREE. Come hear great speakers and meet great people working to make sure everyone has a fair and safe shot at the American dream. Please join the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, ROC Boston at the Women in the Workforce Breakfast on August 8, 2017 at 8 am at the Fort Point Bon Me. Learn about what you can do to ensure that women are treated with respect and fairness at work. Anyone who has worked in the industry knows that harassment runs rampant. ROC is working locally and nationally to make sure that women are treated with respect and fairness at work. ABOUT WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE: Women make up 49% of the workforce, and 54% of all restaurant workers in Massachussetts. Women also make up 67% of all tipped restaurant workers, and yet a women earning tips makes only $0.83 for every dollar a man earns. Women are disproportionately occupied in the lowest paid occupations in an industry where, by law, a primarily female workforce earns a subminimum wage that is a [...]

August 8, 2017: Restaurants Opportunities Center Day of Action!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:54
When: Tuesday, August 8th Time: 8:00-13:00 Where: 313 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210-1221, United States Join ROC in our fight for One Fair Wage and dignity for all workers! We are holding our Day of Action on Tuesday, August 8. In the morning, we are holding a legislative breakfast at the Fort Point Bon Me. If you can’t make it to the breakfast, there will be other great opportunities to take action. Around 10 we will leave to do a direct action to make our voices heard against our key opponents in our fight for One Fair Wage! Transportation will be provided, we’ll be done by 1, more details to come. We can’t wait to see you there! Please share our Facebook event page on your social media! For more information about the event, please click here!

August 9th, 2017: Support Wyndham Hotel Housekeepers!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-31 11:53
The housekeepers at the Wyndham Hotel have been fighting for a union for 2 years and need your support! Come out on August 9th at 4:30PM at 5 Blossom St. to picket in solidarity with the hotel workers!

Changes at Jobs with Justice: A Message from Our Executive Director Russ Davis

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Thu, 2017-07-27 16:14
Dear Friends, It’s clear that we need change in this country. Not the corporate-driven anti-worker, anti-immigrant, anti-environment, anti-public education, well OK, anti-everything-good-and-decent change that we are seeing. We need change that builds a new social and economic system that puts people before profits. Progressive organizations also need positive change to adapt to new conditions, new threats and new opportunities. That’s why Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is creating a new grassroots structure that can build power at the local level and help working people win at the bargaining table, at the State House and beyond. We need a new workers’ movement that is more creative, diverse and powerful in order to bring about the real change that we need. That is also why I have decided to take this opportunity to transition from my role as Executive Director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, a position I have held for over 22 years (yikes!). I have also been proud to serve on the board of National Jobs with Justice. During that time Mass JWJ has grown and developed critical infrastructure and strategic campaign capacities, along with an excellent staff, leadership and organizational and activist base. I’ll be proud to join that activist [...]

We’re Hiring!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-19 11:26
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT   Executive Director, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice    The Organization Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (JWJ) is a coalition of labor, religious, student and community activists and organizations committed to protecting workers’ rights and fighting for economic, social and racial justice.  Jobs With Justice addresses the root causes of poverty while working for an economic base that benefits the entire community.  We believe that the fate of labor unions and the communities in which their members live are tightly bound together. We work in partnership with central labor councils, local unions, civil rights organizations, students, community, and faith-based organizations in mobilizing direct actions for social and economic justice for all people, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all.   Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and people of all ages and abilities.   The Position: Executive Director The Executive Director (ED) will work closely with the Statewide Executive Board and [...]

The Finish Line Grant: Alleviating the College Debt Crisis

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-17 15:00
July 13, 2017 Last week Mass JWJ intern Isabella Epshtein testified, along with others, in support of the Finish Line grant. JWJ in solidarity with PHENOM are supporting this bill which would provide Massachusetts students at public universities and community colleges with 1 year of school, after the completion of at least one year of school. This grant would cover all the mandatory tuition and fees for one year. A year of free/severely discounted college is immeasurably valuable. Many students reported working full time while going to college so that they could afford the high cost of tuition and all the related expenses such as text books and commuting. Other students take an overload of credits every semester so that they can graduate quickly. Even after all this work students are buried in debt, sometimes even without completing the degree they were working towards in the first place. A college education has become a prerequisite for gainful employment. The proposed Finish Line Grant is one way the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can help alleviate some of the financial stresses that are the sad reality of students today.

Free Francisco: The Fight for Justice Continues

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-07-14 15:20
         The sky was gray and the atmosphere was gloomy as people gathered at the JFK building in Boston on July 13th. They were there to stand in support of Francisco Rodriguez Guardado, a father, hard worker, and immigrant, who was detained by ICE earlier that morning. There was still a tangible sense of disbelief that seemed to have lingered from the moment Francisco did not appear outside the ICE building in Burlington alongside his lawyer after the check in. It came as a surprise for many people especially considering the amount of support Francisco had behind him, from SEIU 32BJ to MIT to Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren. However “ICE doesn’t have to have a reason” said Francisco’s lawyer, Matthew Cameron, when asked why they detained him, despite complying with rules and regulations as well as bringing in the plane ticket to El Salvador they had required him to. The U.S. is deporting hard workers, people who represent the American dream and the model U.S. citizen, people who are not criminals. These words were echoed by many who spoke at the vigil held for Francisco. One man recounted his own immigrant background. Saying immigrants are the [...]
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