Massachusetts Union News

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  

July 23, 2017: Justice Cup 2017

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:50
When: Sunday, July 23, 9:00-16:00 Where: Crosier Field (MacKintosh Terrace, Holyoke, MA 01040) The Pioneer Valley Workers Center seeks to build power for low-wage, and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts. Through innovative and creative worker-driven organizing strategies, the Center unites community allies to win real change in the lives of working families and our communities. The THIRD annual Justice Cup/Copa Justicia soccer tournament will take place on July 23, 2017. Whether you’re a competitive player or enjoy kicking around the ball with your friends, there is a way for you to participate. All skill levels are welcome! There will be food from local vendors, exciting prizes, activities for kids, music, and a social justice resource fair to learn about all the great organizations and businesses in the Valley! Proceeds from the event will be used to support the critical organizing of Mass JwJ and its 70+ coalition members are doing for workers’ rights and economic justice in Western Mass. It will also benefit the work of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center organizing to build power among Immigrant Righst and Low Wage workers rights! Registration to play or sponsor a team is coming soon! Share the event on your social media!

July 25, 2017: JwJ 2017 Summer Workshop – Cultural Activism – The Art of Change

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:45
Part of our Summer Education Series July 25, 2017 6-7:30 PM 375 Centre St. Boston, MA 02130 Words are important to get our points across, but art can make people feel the raw emotions behind our causes that make them want to take action. That’s why our movement needs creative tactics to reach the hearts and minds of our audience. In this interactive workshop, we’ll share different ways to incorporate culture in our organizing. Workshop leader: Eroc Arroyo of Foundation Movement and United for a Fair Economy Facebook event here. For more information, contact Gillian@massjwj.net. This space is wheelchair accessible.

July 26, 2017: Restore the Routes – Strategy Meeting

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:44
When: Wednesday, July 25 at 15:00-16:30 Where: 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040-4858, United States On July 19, the PVTA board voted to cut 20 bus routes that will adversely affect low-income families and communities of color. We can restore the routes! Join us for an informational strategy meeting!

July 29, 2017: Global Day of Action Against Nike – Boston

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Wed, 2017-07-05 12:44
On July 29, workers and students in 5 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities will take action, issuing a global call for Nike to do the right thing: Reinstate 350 dismissed workers, comply with independent inspectors, and pay back wages owed to workers. Around the world, garment workers are fighting back against exploitative, inhumane, and illegal working conditions. We will demonstrate outside the NIKETOWN store in Boston to show solidarity with workers in Nike factories in Vietnam, Cambodia, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and elsewhere who are struggling for humane working conditions. Will you join us on the 29th in Boston to hold Nike accountable? Global apparel giant, Nike, has decided it will no longer compel any of its supplier factories to be accessed or inspected by independent auditing organizations like theWorker Rights Consortium (WRC). Not only is this a blatant violation of college and University codes of conduct, but this will have a devastating impact on garment workers across the globe who rely on the ability to communicate with the WRC when their basic rights are violated in the workplace. Nike has a long history of documented labor and human rights violations, including unpaid wages, violence towards women, anti-union retaliation, [...]

Defeat of Question 2 featured in video at NEA RA

Significant victories for public education across the country recounted.

Robbed on the Job: Ending the Exploitation of Adjuncts

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-06-30 15:02
The state of Massachusetts is praised around the globe for its role as a leader in education. Prestigious colleges are around every corner and people flock to cities like Boston to attend them. But if Massachusetts values its education so much,  why does it continue to allow the exploitation of adjuncts at countless colleges and universities? That was one of the many questions raised at the joint committee on higher education held Thursday, June 29th at the Massachusetts State House. One bill under discussion was House Bill 2236, which seeks to “ensure minimum fair wages and employment stability for adjunct faculty” at public colleges and universities. The fact is, compared to full-time faculty members, adjuncts are severely underpaid despite teaching the same material and being equally qualified. The room was peppered with bright orange shirts with the slogan “Faculty Forward.” These were worn by adjuncts in support of this equal pay for equal work legislation. Although the legislation only concerns public colleges and universities, it garnered support from adjuncts at public and private institutions alike. Despite the many differences between public and private universities, one common factor is the exploitation of adjuncts. Many testimonies illustrated these exploitative practices. Colleges, especially [...]

Remember their Faces: The Life and Death Stakes of the Healthcare Fight

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Fri, 2017-06-30 14:25
June 29, 2017 “Healthcare is a human right. Non-negotiable.” That’s what Filaine Deronnette, of SEIU 1199, said when asked what she would say to someone who asked why more than seventy men and women had gathered to protest the Republicans’ plan to strip away healthcare from between 22-23 million Americans. Hopefully future generations will think her answer is obvious and wonder why there was any debate at all about whether people living in the wealthiest country on Earth all deserved equal access to medical care. But for now, there are plenty of politicians who think healthcare is a privilege meant only for the wealthy. And if they have their way, it soon will be. That’s why members of SEIU 1199, SEIU 32BJ, Healthcare for All, the Jewish Labor Committee, Jobs with Justice, and more gathered outside the JFK Federal Building together to declare that Deronnette is absolutely right – no one living in the United States should needlessly suffer, especially when many of those who would lose healthcare are working two or three jobs to keep themselves and their families alive. There remains a grotesque number of people uninsured even with the Affordable Care Act. But the Republicans’ plan would [...]

NEA LEGACY Project draws hundreds of students, retirees to Everett

Volunteers from across the country work with students at community fair.

MTA welcomes NEA delegates to Boston

Annual Meeting and RA to run through July 5.
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