Massachusetts Union News

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 [...]

Every Patient Deserves the Right Nurses!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-07-14 14:53
July 12, 2017 Onyou Lee The 1,200 registered nurses at Tufts Medical Center, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, attempted a historic 24-hour strike as the latest round of negotiations failed to achieve a fair settlement. The talk held on Monday, July 11th, ended unsuccessfully as the Tufts management failed to agree to a settlement that ensures patients have the highly skilled nursing care they deserve. The strike was symbolic since it was the first by nurses in Boston in 30 years and largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history. The strike began at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and continued until 6:59 a.m. on Thursday, July 13.  Following the one day strike, the Tufts management has threatened to force a strike and a subsequent lock-out of the nurses. The hospital hired and brought in mercenary replacement nurses from all over the world during the planned 24-hour strike by Tufts nurses. This was an issue of concern for both the Tufts nurses and the Massachusetts Nurses Association because the replacement nurses do not know Tufts patients, staff, the hospital or community nor are highly specialized like Tufts nurses. Replacement workers may endanger patient care. “Instead of caring for our patients, the nurses of this hospital [...]

One in a Million: Francisco Rodriguez, an All Too Familiar ICE Story, and How You Can Help

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-07-14 13:41
“One death is a tragedy. A million is a statistic.” This disturbing quote from Stalin sadly applies to the immigration crisis today. Given the overwhelming number of families that are being ripped apart every single day, it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals affected and instead see them as faceless statistics. But if we want to help the victims of ICE all across America, it’s vital that none of these people become a statistic, but are seen as the human beings they truly are. One of them is Francisco Rodriguez. Francisco is a father of two, with a baby on the way. He is a janitor at MIT and union member. He is a son supporting his mother. He is a loving husband, a churchgoer, a member of a board at his children’s school. He is the owner of a carpet-cleaning business he runs while maintaining his full-time job at MIT. He is also a human being who, yesterday, was detained like an animal in a detention center, locked away in a cell, torn from his children, his wife, his mother, and the entire community that loves and needs him. Jobs with Justice, 32BJ SEIU, church groups, the Jewish [...]

July 14, 2017: Emergency Rally for Locked Out Tufts Nurses

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-07-14 11:37
When: Friday, July 14 at 4 p.m. Where: At Tufts Medical Center at 800 Washington St. in Boston. What: Tufts nurses will attempt to deliver the $96 million pension savings check to the hospital, which has rejected their proposal in the past. Nurses would prefer to be inside the hospital caring for their patients. Instead, locked out by Tufts, they will reiterate their offer of $96 million in pension savings to fund patient care and other contract proposals.   From the Massachusetts Nurses Association:   Tufts Medical Center nurses, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, will try to deliver a giant $96 million check representing the $11 million in immediate and $85 million in pension liability savings to the hospital on Friday, July 14. Locked out by Tufts for four days, nurses who want to be caring for their patients will highlight a reasonable contract proposal rejected by management that would fund staffing improvements.   Tufts nurses had proposed a possible pension solution that would involve freezing the existing defined benefit plan but only if the hospital agreed to convert all nurses to a Taft-Hartley, multi-employer pension plan. This option would have generated substantial hospital savings that could be used to fund [...]

Wednesday, 7/12: Tufts Medical Center Nurses ON STRIKE!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-07-11 22:52
A Massachusetts Nurses Association press release issued tonight announced that the strike is on at Tufts Medical Center: The 1,200 registered nurses at Tufts Medical Center, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, will conduct an historic one-day strike tomorrow as the latest round of negotiations held today at the federal mediator’s office failed to achieve a settlement that ensures patients have the highly skilled nursing care they deserve. The strike will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and run until 6:59 a.m. on Thursday, July 13. It will be the first strike by nurses in Boston in over 30 years, and the largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history. “We came to the table today hoping to reach an agreement, but Tufts management is determined to force a strike and a subsequent lock out of our nurses,” said Mary Havlicek Cornacchia, an OR nurse and bargaining unit co-chair. “This decision really shows administration’s lack of respect for its nurses and for the safety our patients.” Will you be there? 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 12: One-day strike begins. Nurses and supporters will gather outside the main entrance of the hospital at 800 Washington St. in Boston. Picketing will begin and [...]

Keep Francisco Home! Week of Action Events

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-07-10 17:35
Join our urgent week of action! July 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m MIT Press Conference MIT Campus, 77 Mass Ave, Cambridge 02139 Join the MIT community and call on ICE to stop Francisco’s deportation! Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2tE0zUz   July 13, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Francisco’s ICE Check-In & Press Conference New England Regional ICE Office 1000 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803 For rides, contact: Mass JWJ Volunteer Maddie: 704-999-4276 Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2uFqdbR   July 13, 5:00 – 6:00 pm #HeretoStay Keep Francisco Home! Vigil JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston 02203 Come hear our campaign update and celebrate Francisco’s good news OR call for his immediate release if he was detained at his check-in! Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2uYZB4S    

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STRIKE ALERT: Workers Fighting for a Fair Contract at CLASS

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 16:49
A Message from Our Friends at SEIU 509: SEIU Local 509 members at CLASS Inc. are fighting back to improve the care of people with disabilities in our community. Low wages for workers have caused high rates of staff turnover, which negatively impacts the individuals served by CLASS. We should be treated fairly for the important work we do helping people live with dignity. We need your support on the picket line during a 5-day strike that will begin on Monday, July 10th and continue through Friday, July 14th. Join us between 8AM – 4PM daily, July 10-14: 1 Parker Street, Lawrence 50 Concord Street, Wilmington Community Rally for Good Jobs and Quality Care in Support of the Striking CLASS Workers Monday, July 10 at 12pm | 1 Parker Street, Lawrence For more information: 617-584-4440 Believe persons with disabilities deserve quality care in Lawrence? Stand in solidarity with the hardworking staff at CLASS, Inc! CALL CEO BOB HARRIS & TELL HIM TO SETTLE A FAIR CONTRACT NOW: (978) 975-8587

Behind the Scenes: How Carlos García and Santander Created Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:55
On June 30th, around thirty people from teachers’ unions, Jobs with Justice, and Boston residents gathered outside Santander’s American headquarters to protest their ongoing role in the debt crisis currently devastating Puerto Rico. Hundreds of schools have been shut down. Hospitals have been forced to close. People may lose access to clean water and have been forced to leave their homes. Now their pay and benefits are under attack. And while some Puerto Rican government officials certainly aren’t blameless (Governor Ricardo Rosselló recently signed laws that would harm workers and their ability to provide for their families), Santander has often had an indirect or direct role in pushing the government into making disastrous decisions. Carlos García was a Santander bank executive who helped craft the loans and bonds that have plunged Puerto Rico into this crisis. The government of Puerto Rico took out these loans on the advice of one of the government advisors – Carlos García. And if that doesn’t sound absurd enough to you, seven members of a Financial Oversight Board now have oversight over all the island’s finances, and guess who was chosen to be one of these unelected seven people who literally have the power of [...]

July 6, 2017: We Are #HereToStay Solidarity Rally!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:24
When: July 6, 11:45 – 13:00  Where: Irish Famine Memorial (WASHINGTON St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108)  * corner of Washington St & School St, Downtown Boston No Hate, No Fear, Immigrants Are Welcome Here! Join 32BJ SEIU, the Irish International Immigrant Center, and other community allies for a solidarity rally Thursday, July 6th at the Irish Famine Memorial (corner of Washington St & School St, Downtown Boston). We raise our voices against the Trump administration’s destructive agenda to separate immigrant families and discriminate against our friends and neighbors. We reject blanket anti-immigrant legislation like the two bills passed by the House of Representatives this week that villainize immigrants, penalize those who are fleeing persecution to seek asylum, and compromise public safety. We are #HereToStay! We know that Trump’s “Muslim ban” won’t make us safer but instead tarnish our nation’s reputation as a beacon of freedom. #NoBanNoWall Share our Facebook event on your social media! Here’s how you can help stop Francisco’s deportation! ​Write a letter or postcard to Immigration Officer ASAP: Immigration Officer Gary Roltsch U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Boston Field Office 1000 District Avenue Burlington, MA 01803 In addition, call ICE and ask them to grant Francisco’s Stay of [...]

July 6 & 10, 2017: Public Hearings for Possible Service Changes

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:23
The Advisory Board of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) authorized public hearings to obtain comments on possible service changes to 16 of PVTA’s bus routes. The PVTA is facing an operating budget deficit of up to $1.2 million for the coming fiscal year as the current state budget for FY18 does not include previously agreed upon funds for bus service as stated in the Transportation Reform Act. Public comments will be presented to the PVTA Advisory Board on July 19, along with updated state budget information. The Advisory Board will decide on that date which service changes are necessary to balance the FY18 budget. Any changes that are approved by the board would go into effect August 27 or September 4. Public hearings on these possible service changes will take place: Thursday, July 6 WESTFIELD (Westfield Transit Pavilion, 10 Arnold Street) 4:00-5:00 and 6:00-7:00PM Monday, July 10 CHICOPEE (Chicopee City Hall, Council Chambers, 17 Springfield Street) 4:00-5:00 and 6:00-7:00PM SPANISH language translation provided. Signing and interpretation for hearing and visual disabilities is available. Contact Matt Bartlett at 413-732-6248 or MBartlett@pvta.com at least 7 days before hearing date to arrange.

July 8, 2017: How Money is Painting Your Life – Art, Money, and Politics!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:22
  Why doesn’t the government represent your interests or you? Why do politicians enact policies that help the wealthy more than the middle class? Why can the private prison industry have such a large influence on pro-incarceration policies and immigration? Please join American Promise and Free Speech for People for a talk on democracy, money in politics, and corporate rights! Artist Michael Conroy will join Jasmine Gomez and Joyce Sanchez for an event that centers art to discuss the history of how corporations and wealthy interests are effecting not only our government system, but our everyday lives. July 8, 2017 3:30-5:30 PM Dudley Cafe 15 Warren St, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119 This event will give everyday people the tools to be activists in Boston’s money in politics community. Facebook event here.

July 8, 2017: Rapid Responders Training Springfield

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:22
When: Saturday (July 8), 13:00–17:00 Where: 235 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01103-1101, United State Are you interested in becoming a part of the rapid response network hosted by Sanctuary in the Streets? SiS has created a phone line for people facing threats from ICE to call when looking for community members to show up in the event of an ICE raid. If you would like to get trained to become a rapid responder, please come to this training, or the next one! SIGN UP BELOW!!! Childcare will be offered if people who register indicate a need for childcare. we aim to be as inclucive as possible to parents so please feel free to indicate that you would like childcare! RSVP: tinyurl.com/SIS78 clicking the “going” buttom on FB does not register you, and registration is capped so please register! and if you do please show up. if you are not going to show up please un register !

July 9, 2017: Fourth of July Industry Cookout & Celebration!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:21
WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 12:00-6:00PM WHERE: LoPresti Park, East Boston, MA 33 Summer St., short walk from Maverick T stop on the Blue Line For all restaurant workers scheduled to work on the 4th of July, ROC Boston is throwing an industry party to celebrate YOU! After you’re cut on Sunday, July 9th, grab your friends and family and head to LoPresti Park for games, art, food, music, and fun! In celebration of Independence Day, the theme of our cookout is Freedom! In partnership with Sanctuary Restaurants, we proudly stand by & celebrate restaurant workers, owners, and consumers and respect their dignity, human rights, and contributions to our industry and our nation – including immigrants, refugees, people of all genders, faiths, races, abilities, and sexual orientations. We will come together on July 9 to stand for freedom from sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia, as we believe that there is a place at our table for all. As we celebrate the freedoms we have, we also look to the future, toward a day when there will be true freedom for all! We’ll be there all day, so drop by whenever you can! This event is open to all! Check out its [...]

July 10, 2017: JwJ 2017 Summer Workshop _ Raising the Floor in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:19
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice 2017 Intern/ Volunteer Education Series Fourth Workshop Raising the Floor in Massachusetts! Raise Up Massachusetts is a massive campaign to pass legislation that addresses the issues that matter most to working people on and off the job. We’ve already won Paid Sick Days for all Massachusetts workers and a raise in the minimum wage to $11/hour. This year, we’re working to raise the minimum wage again, generate revenue for schools and transportation, win Paid Family Medical Leave, and more! Find out about what’s coming up and how you can get involved! Date and time: Monday, 07/10/2017, 6:00 p.m. Workshop Leader: Edwin Argueta (Organizer at Massachusetts Jobs with Justice) Spread its event page on your social media!

July 10-14, 2017: Healthcare Workers Strike Solidarity at CLASS

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:18
SEIU Local 509 Members at CLASS Inc. Set to Strike for a Fair Contract – JOIN US! SEIU Local 509 members at CLASS Inc. are fighting back to improve the care of people with disabilities in our community. Low wages for workers have caused high rates of staff turnover, which negatively impacts the individuals served by CLASS. We should be treated fairly for the important work we do helping people live with dignity. We need your support on the picket line during a 5-day strike that will begin on Monday, July 10th and continue through Friday, July 14th. Join us between 8AM – 4PM daily, July 10-14: 1 Parker Street, Lawrence 50 Concord Street, Wilmington Community Rally for Good Jobs and Quality Care in Support of the Striking CLASS Workers Monday, July 10 at 12pm | 1 Parker Street, Lawrence For more information: 617-584-4440 Believe persons with disabilities deserve quality care in Lawrence? Stand in solidarity with the hardworking staff at CLASS, Inc! CALL CEO BOB HARRIS & TELL HIM TO SETTLE A FAIR CONTRACT NOW: (978) 975-8587

July 11, 2017: Mass JwJ Solidarity Committee Meeting

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:18
Date and Time: 11 July at 18:00–19:30 Location: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice office (375 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) Want to get involved with the fight for economic and social justice? Already involved with a campaign that could use some support? Need a way to plug in to a larger network of people just as angry as you are about what’s happening in the world right now and ready to take action to stop it? JOIN US! At the Jobs with Justice Solidarity Committee, we share our struggles, strategize, and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN! We’ll bring the food — you bring the solidarity! Contact Tarshia@massjwj.net for more information. All are welcome.

July 17, 2017: JwJ 2017 Summer Workshop – Finding the Bad Guys – Researching to Organize

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 13:00
Part of our Summer Education Series July 17, 2017 6-7:30 PM 375 Centre St. Boston, MA 02130 These days it’s clear that big money drives our politics and our economy, but who are the people behind all that money? If we want to stop corporate greed from bankrupting us all, we need to put names and faces to the 1% who run this system. In this workshop we will learn some of the tricks of the trade for identifying the real targets in our fights. Workshop leader: John Donahoe This space is wheelchair accessible.

July 19, 2017: Newburyport Raise Up Massachusetts Organizing Meeting

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:59
Date: Wednesday, July 19th Time: 6:30 pm Location: Newburyport Public Library (94 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950) The state Democratic platform now supports $15 / hour minimum wage and Paid Family and Medical Leave! The Raise Up Massachusetts campaign for these bills keeps gaining steam and rolling forward! Fair Share Amendment has passed both constitutional conventions and will go to the voters, probably next winter. The PFML and $15 are in committee. PFML has very strong, nearly veto-proof, support and the legislators may vote in favor of this bill this year or next. $15 has good support. The Raise Up Coalition, which includes community, faith based and labor groups, will be voting on whether to put the $15/Hr and PFML on ballot questions to go before the voters. In past campaigns, this is how we won earned sick time for Massachusetts workers and pressured the legislature to increase the minimum wage to $11 / hour. On Wednesday, July 19th, there’s going to be an organizing meeting for update on the Raise Up Massachusetts campaigns (fight for $15, paid medical leave, and millionaires tax), gearing up for fall signature drives. Arrive at 6:30 pm to mingle and the program starts at 7 pm. [...]

July 22-26, 2017: Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:55
42nd Northeast School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations July 22-26, 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst MA 01003 http://www.northeastWSS2017.com http://www.facebook.com/events/1871556826435775/ Join women leaders and activists from labor unions and worker organizations throughout the Northeast for this comprehensive, bi-lingual (Spanish and English), four-day leadership institute. Participate in leadership and skills-building workshops, cultural activities, political action and education sessions designed to expand our understanding of solidarity and deepen our ability to resist oppression. Registration information: Cost: $560 includes tuition, materials, meals, and dorm housing in suites Commuter cost is $300: includes tuition, materials, and lunch and dinner each day. Scholarships:  A limited number of scholarships are available. The deadline for scholarship applications is June 17, 2017. Registration Deadline: June 30, 2017. For more information, to register and to apply for a scholarship visit our webpage: www.northeastwss2017.com/cost or contact Susan Winning at Susan_Winning@uml.edu  
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