Massachusetts Union News

Throw Back Thursday: decades of partnership against cancer

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-14 08:29

The UFCW been a powerful voice for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) since the partnership began in 1982. Working togther,UFCW members have raised more than $82 million for LLS’s goal to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Don’t Delay! Register Today for the UFCW’s Free College Benefit

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-14 08:27

Registration for the first fall semester of the UFCW’s Free College Benefit is open until August 18. This amazing benefit  makes it possible for UFCW members and their families to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) with no out-of-pocket costs or need for loans.Classes at EGCC are scheduled to start on August 21.

Brother Welch Funeral Information What's New Feed - Fri, 2017-08-11 16:23
The Wake for Brother Welch Ladder Co.23 will be held Sunday August 13 from the MacDonald Funeral Home 1755 Ocean Street Marshfield Ma. 1-5 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Christine Church 1295 Main Street Marshfield Ma. Monday August 14 11 a.m.

UFCW Local 365 member Jason Holland wins Mother Jones Award

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-07 09:36

When we talk about building better lives, we’re also talking about working together to help make our workplaces safer places to be. That means showing up to support hard-working men and women in your community, because it’s the right thing to do. UFCW Local 365 member Jason Holland knows very well what it means to step up and do right by others – which is why he was recently honored with the Mother Jones Award from the Washington State Labor Council.

Organizing in Digital Media Continues to Grow: Worker Wins

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-08-07 09:33

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a hard-fought victory at The New School. Other successes include the growing trends of digital media newsrooms organizing and progressive organizations living up to their professed values by voluntarily recognizing employees who choose to join together for collective bargaining purposes.

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 [...]

Summer Camp reimbursement

IBEW 2222 News - Thu, 2017-08-03 08:45

The New England Work and Family Committee is a joint committee comprised of Union and Verizon 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.

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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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 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: # 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: -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!:

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!

Lipton Tea now made by UFCW members

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-07-31 09:00

On July 24, members of UFCW Local 400 who work at the nation’s only Lipton Tea plant in Suffolk, Va., voted overwhelmingly to approve their first union contract. The Lipton plant in Suffolk has operated for more than 60 years and produces nearly all of the Lipton Tea sold in North America.

For UFCW President, Union Roots Run Deep

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-07-31 08:56

For more than 45 years, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International President Marc Perrone has been part of what he calls his “union family.”

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.
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