Massachusetts Union News

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 [...]

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 [...]
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