Massachusetts Union News

Awards, wide array of business at 172nd MTA Annual Meeting

MTA members cap off two-day meeting with march and Rally for Public Education.

We need you to take action right away on the state budget!

Urge your state senator to support MTA-backed amendments.

Stop Santander from Sucking Puerto Rico Dry!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 18:32
Puerto Rico’s debt crisis continues to devastate the people who live there. The island’s government, with the assistance of corporate investors, has looted public funds and gambled with Puerto Rico’s future by privatizing essential services. Now that Puerto Rico is broke thanks to their efforts, residents face massive, immediate school closings, a lack of clean drinking water, and the risk of a dangerous Zika epidemic this summer. Throughout this process, former Santander executive Carlos M. Garcia has played a key role, first as the head of Puerto Rico’s public bank, and now as a member of the federal control board. Garcia helped drown Puerto Rico in unpayable debt and liquidate a fund for water and sewer projects, while Puerto Rico’s infrastructure has crumbled. With Garcia’s help, Santander has made huge profits off the crisis and stands to make even more. On Tuesday, May 16, just as the AFL-CIO released a new report on Santander and Garcia’s participation in the crisis, we gathered with Allianza por Puerto Rico and the Boston Teachers Union in front of Santander’s US headquarters in Boston to stand in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, who are fighting to get their island back from the banks that [...]

May 17, 2017: Rally to Protect MBTA Services and Jobs

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 17:55
Join us Wednesday, May 17th @ 9:30AM to tell Massachusetts policy-makers that the time to invest in public transit is now. MA State House (front steps) Wednesday, May 17th 9:30AM It’s time to invest in a transit system that works for all us – by providing quality, reliable service for riders; collaborating with our highly skilled workforce towards system improvements and innovations; and engaging our communities to design policies that address the needs of impacted stakeholders. Specifically, we are calling on the legislature to ensure the MBTA does not privatize core service jobs like bus maintenance. Privatization schemes have hurt taxpayers, riders, and workers. We cannot afford more expensive, failed privatization schemes like Keolis. Join us after the rally as we lobby our legislators on these critical issues. Facebook event here.

May 17, 2017: Stand with Haitian Immigrants

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-05-16 17:51
50,000 immigrants, including maybe 5000 Haitians face losing their Temporary Protection Status in an upcoming decision this week by the Trump Administration. THis program has given these refugees from the Haitian earthquake the right to be here legally and the right to work.  But it has to be renewed every 18 months and the Trump Administration will decide by May 22 whether or not to renew it and we  are worried they are leaning toward not doing so. To take action to support the renewal of Haitian TPS, Haitian community, religious, and political, and labor leaders and members are gathering this Wednesday at 1:30 on the fourth floor of the State House, use the first elevators you come to when you go the left down the hall after the entrance on Beacon Street. The event is is hosted by State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. THe event is part of Hatian Heritage Month but will focus on the Haitian TPS crisis and right afterwards we expect to visit the office of Governor Baker, to ask him to take emergency action as the highest elected Republican official in our state who can reach the Trump Administration to speak in support of the Haitian [...]

North Quincy educator named 2018 Teacher of the Year

High school teacher was whale biologist before career shift.

Defend Public Education from the Trump Agenda!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-05-08 13:32
Last year, we won a landslide victory in Massachusetts against the forces of privatization, defeating a dangerous ballot initiative that would have drained hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools. Now, the struggle continues. We must stand together to resist the plans and policies of Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Governor Charlie Baker. It is time to demand the public schools and colleges our communities deserve. That’s why, on May 20, thousands of parents, educators, and students are uniting to demand: Full funding for public education, Pre-K through college Debt-free public higher education Less testing, more learning Equitable access to quality education for all students Rally for Public Education Saturday, May 20 2-5 PM Boston Common @ Beacon & Charles St RSVP and find a ride from locations around the state here! Share with your friends on Facebook here.   Right now, we need your help getting the word out to everyone we can! We’ll be making phone calls from our office to let folks know about the rally for the next two weeks. The more people we can mobilize, the clearer our message that Massachusetts is willing to stand up for public education. Can you [...]

MTA member honored with union coalition’s RISE award

Ramos recognized for extraordinary contributions to students, schools and communities.

Read the latest edition of MTA Today

Saul Ramos of Worcester is NEA ESP of the Year; Rally for Public Education on May 20.

Show your appreciation at May 20 Rally for Public Education

Event provides opportunity to “speak up for educators — for our rights and dignity,” says MTA president.

MTA Campaign School

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Celebrate May Day

International Workers' Day is Monday, May 1.

April 26, 2017: Black Liberation, Racial Justice, and the Struggle Against Gentrification

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:31
REGISTER HERE! Join Right To The City and Homes For All for a discussion about the historic and disportionate ways that black communities have been impacted by gentrification and the need for anti-gentrification/anti-displacement struggles to center black resistance, leadership and liberation at the heart of our movements. Speakers: * Robbie Clark, Black Priorities Project Organizer of Causa Justa::Just Cause * Brandon King of Cooperation Jackson * Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of Highlander Research & Education Center —- Únete a Right to the City (Derecho a la Ciudad) y Homes For All (Hogares para Todxs) en una conversación sobre las maneras históricas y desproporcionadas en que las comunidades negras han sido impactadas por el aburguesamiento, y la necesidad de luchas anti-aburguesamiento y anti-deslizamiento para poner la resistencia, liderazgo y liberación negra al centro de nuestros movimientos. Presentadorxs: * Robbie Clark, Organizador del Black Priorities Project (Proyecto de Prioridades para Negrxs) de Causa Justa::Just Cause * Brandon King de Cooperation Jackson (Cooperación Jackson) * Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson del Highlander Research & Education Center (Centro de Investigación y Educación Highlander)

April 27, 2017: State Resources, Easthampton Schools: Fixing the Funding System

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:21
State Resources, Easthampton Schools: Fixing the Funding System Thursday, April 27 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Easthampton High 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027 The state’s funding formula (referred to as Foundation Budget) was developed in 1993 and remains unchanged, even as the past 2 and 1/2 decades have brough extroardinary changes to the public education landscape, including MCAS requirements, new state curriculum frameworks, budget losses to charter schools, the rise of expensive modern digital technologies, and increased expenses associated with addressing students’ complex social and emotional needs. In the absence of appropriate state funding, districts must either cut services or place a disproportionate burden on their local taxpayers. Featured Speakers: Tracy Novick, Field Director for Massachusetts Association of School Committees Marissa Carrere, Easthampton School Committee Registration and Refreshments at 5:30 Program 6:00-7:00 Children welcome!

April 27, 2017: Community Release for ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:18
Join United for a Fair Economy to honor the legacy of Coretta Scott King (on what would’ve been her 90th birthday) & hold a popular-education style Community Release of our new report, ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’. This is a free event including poetry, music, and activities for all people. Refreshments, beer and wine provided. Spanish Interpretation available. Thursday, April 27th From 6pm to 7:30pm At SEIU 1199 108 Myrtle Street, Quincy, Ma 02171 (near North Quincy stop on Red Line) More Info: www.faireconomy.org/events Contact: Mike Leyba, mleyba@faireconomy.org

April 27, 2017: Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights, and the Fight for Social Justice at UMass Boston

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:07
Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights, and the Fight for Social Justice A Panel Discussion April 27th, 4:00pm-5:30pm Labor Resource Center, Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 151. Light Refreshments will be served *This event is part of the semester-long teach-in: Not My Normal: Resisting Systemic Oppression* Speakers: Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History, Salem State University, and author of They Take Our Jobs!: And Twenty Other Myths About Immigration Adrián Ventura, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (New Bedford), Gladys Vega, Chelsea Collaborative. Heloísa Galvao and Lidia Ferreira, Brazilian Women’s Group

Your Guide to May Day in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 15:00
May 1st is International Worker’s Day, the day we join in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, and cousins around the globe to demand justice for all workers! Here in Massachusetts, we’ll keep up the tradition of celebrating May Day with actions to support immigrant workers across the commonwealth. In a time when immigrant communities are facing vicious attacks from all sides, it has never been more important to take to the streets! Check out the list below to find an event near you. If you’re involved in a May Day action you don’t see on our list, email the info to calendar@massjwj.net. ***   Boston   12pm Rally at steps of Massachusetts State House in support of Safe Communities Act 5pm Rally at Boston Common, followed by March to Copley Square Facebook event here.   For more information, contact: Dorotea Manuela, 617-922-5744 info@bostonmayday.org *** 12pm “Say No to Trumpism & Yes to Saving UMB” Lunch Out at Umass Boston (On the plaza, next to the ironworker statue)   For more information, contact: Wally Soper Wally.Soper@umb.edu *** 3pm Student Walkout and Rally at MassArt Facebook event here.     Brockton   4pm March and Rally starting at 940 South Main Street [...]

April 28, 2017: Worker’s Memorial Day at The State House

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:10
Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. When: Friday, Apr 28, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:15pm Where: State House Steps 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133 Check back here for more information about speakers and event specifics soon.

April 29, 2017: Boston People’s Climate March

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:00
On April 29, the People’s #ClimateMarch will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand JOBS, JUSTICE, and REAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12pm on Boston Common. Join us! *Schedule for Boston PCM on April 29* >>12:00-1:00pm – RALLY for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common >>1:00-3:30pm – ACTION TABLES, activities, and art-making on Boston Common – TEACH-INS on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice–including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more–at SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common) *Other Marches to Support* On May 1, just two days later, immigrants, workers and supporters across the country, including in Boston, will be marching and striking for dignity and respect. Instead of hosting a separate march on April 29, we’ll be asking the Boston climate movement to show up in force and take to the streets on May 1. Join us as we mobilize alongside our brothers and sisters in the immigrants’ rights and labor movements. More details soon! And for [...]
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