Massachusetts Union News

Member Spotlight: Jesus Hernandez

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-28 10:35

Jesus Hernandez, a UFCW/RWDSU L-1S member who works at Macy’s in Herald Square, NY recently was featured in The Union Label’s “Walk In My Shoes” series. Here’s his story in his words:

Los Angeles Teachers Stay Strong; Win Improvements

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-28 10:32

Less than a month into 2019, the teachers of Los Angeles have proven that last year’s wave of collective action isn’t quieting down. After taking to the streets in a strike that has captured the country’s imagination, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) are returning to classrooms today after overwhelmingly approving a paradigm-shifting contract that delivers on key demands.

UFCW: Shutdown Threatens America’s 16 Million Retail Workers and Our Nation’s Economy

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2019-01-22 10:21

Today, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone, issued the following statement regarding the 28-day government shutdown and its impact on America’s 16 million retail workers and the broader economy.

“Every day the government shutdown drags on, 800,000 federal workers continue to be locked out of their job or forced to work without pay. But this wasteful shutdown is also threatening the 16 million American workers who help power our country’s $2.6 trillion retail sector and the broader economy.

“When Republicans shut down the government in 2013, retail sales from furloughed workers dropped seven percent and the economy lost $2 billion in productivity. About 1 in 10 Americans are employed in the retail industry and the longer the current shutdown continues, the harder hit these workers and our economy will be.

“It’s high time for President Trump and Congress to stop playing politics with our economy and American workers and finally end this reckless government shutdown.”

Extending a Helping Hand to Those Affected by the Shutdown

UFCW 1459 - Tue, 2019-01-22 10:19

Across the country, working people are marching and rallying for an immediate end to the government shutdown. Already the longest funding lapse in American history, this manufactured crisis has put the weight of ideological extremism on federal workers and their families. As we continue fighting to reopen the government, the labor movement also is joining together to support our brothers and sisters as they go without a paycheck.

2019 Union Plus Scholarship Program Deadline is January 31

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-14 12:15

Last year, because of their or their family member’s UFCW membership, Anne Kealy won a $4,000, Matthew Penick was awarded $3,000, and Nicholas Taylor received $1,000 towards their education. In 2019, will you be next?

Get your degree in 2019…for free!

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-14 12:12

Registration for the next semester of the UFCW’s Free College Benefit is open until January 11, so if you are a UFCW member, retired UFCW member, or a family member and one of your New Year’s resolutions was to go back to school and get your degree, make sure you don’t miss the deadline!

Progressive Marriott Union Contract Could Have Ripple Effects

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-07 12:23

A series of settlements hammered out over the past few weeks between Marriott and its striking workers in Boston and seven other cities are ushering in groundbreaking benefits that could set a precedent not just for the service industry but for workers nationwide.

The 8 Most Important Labor Stories of 2018

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2019-01-07 12:22

1. Janus dealt a heavy blow to labor—but public-sector unions didn’t crumble overnight.

In June, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Janus v. AFSCME—and it was just as bad as everyone feared. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court found that public-sector unions violated the First Amendment by collecting so-called fair-share fees from workers who aren’t union members but benefit from collective bargaining regardless.

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 [...]
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