Massachusetts Union News

Local 718 Election Results What's New Feed - Fri, 2018-06-01 00:36
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF BOSTON FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 718 ANNUAL ELECTIONS For the Office of President of Local 718 – RICH PARIS For the Office of VP – BOB PETITTI For the Office of Treasurer – JOHN SARRO

Union health insurance: a better value

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-05-29 09:04

Mike Watts lives with his family in Kentucky, where he has been a Kroger employee for over 30 years. When his son was born with special needs, Mike’s union health insurance allowed him to provide the high quality care his son needed when he was born.

UFCW Statement on Bipartisan Defeat of Farm Bill

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2018-05-29 09:01

Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill, failing to pass the U.S. House of Representatives.

“This Farm Bill was flawed and deserved to be defeated.

“The most common jobs in our country are retail jobs where work schedules are uncertain and vary widely from week to week. If this bill had become law, someone who works hard could have lost access to food simply because their employer cut their hours.

“We urge members of Congress to go back to the drawing board, and work together to craft a Farm Bill that doesn’t punish hard-working families, protects jobs, and actually makes life better in the communities we call home.”

UFCW Endorses Poor People’s Campaign Revival

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-21 08:27

This week, UFCW members around the country joined allies to mark the kick off of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary, and hundreds of local and national grassroots groups, The Poor People’s Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and the nation’s distorted morality.

UFCW Statement on Amazon Expanding Cashierless Stores

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-21 08:25

Marc Perrone, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), released the following statement regarding news that Amazon Go stores, which replace cashiers with technology, would be opening in Chicago and San Francisco.

“This isn’t about technology or convenience, this is about Amazon’s and Jeff Bezos’ greed.

“Amazon’s unchecked expansion of this job-killing store concept should be of great concern to everyone who lives and works in America.

“It is time for elected leaders to stop being fooled by Amazon’s HQ2 search and see this company for what it really is – a monopoly that threatens millions of American jobs and hard-working families.”

Have you thanked a third shift worker?

UFCW 1459 - Sun, 2018-05-13 07:18

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.

UFCW Statement on White House AI Summit

UFCW 1459 - Sun, 2018-05-13 07:11
Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the White House bringing major U.S. companies together for a summit about artificial intelligence (AI).

Letter Carriers' 'Stamp Out Hunger' Drive Is May 12

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-07 07:07

For the 26th year in a row, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be conducting its "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Every year on the second Saturday in May, postal carriers, in addition to their regular workload, collect food from people in more than 10,000 cities across the country. Each year, it is the largest one-day food drive in the world.

Over 6,500 Pork Plant Workers Tell the USDA to Keep Line Speeds Safe

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2018-05-07 07:06

Over 6,500 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union family who work in pork plants submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in opposition to a proposed rule that would increase the line speeds where they work, threatening both them and the consumers they serve.

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 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!

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 [...]
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