Massachusetts Union News

April 29, 2017: Springfield People’s Climate March

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:00
Western MA and beyond! Join the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition on April 29 as Western Mass marches for Climate, Jobs and Justice. We will be part of the People’s Climate March happening around the country that day. Springfield, MA Gathering Rally: 3 pm Federal Courthouse, 300 State St. March begins: 3:30 Rally: 4:30-5:30 City Hall, 36 Court Street Family friendly. Full info here: http://climateactionnowma.org/climatemarch/ WHY WE ARE MARCHING: On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Springfield, Washington D.C. and in other cities across the nation to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action. We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to: Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting [...]

April 30: B VOCAL Choir Rehearsals

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:50
B VOCAL Boston Voices of Community and Labor Because we need music at every picket line and rally… “It was the first strike I ever saw that sang. I shall not forget the strange sudden fire of the mingled nationalities at the strike meetings when they broke into the universal language of song.” — Newspaper account of 1912 textile strike, Lawrence, MA (Bread and Roses strike) B VOCAL is for every union member, every community activist, everyone who is ready to raise your voice for justice/para todo miembro de unión, todo activista comunitario, todos los que están listos para levantar sus voces por la justicia. REHEARSALS/ENSAYOS THURSDAYS 7-9pm AND SUNDAYS 4-6pm April 9, 20 and 30; May 11 and 21; June 1, 11 and 22 2201 Washington Street, Roxbury (BEST Hospitality Training Center in Dudley Square) All are welcome! Drop in anytime, but come ready to sing! Like us on facebook.com/BVocalChorus For more information contact Lisa Gallatin: lgallatin@massaflcio.org or 617-877-9115

May 1, 2017: INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY! Events Across Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:40
May Day events are happening all over Massachusetts! Check out the full list here. Are you involved with a May Day event that isn’t on our list yet? Email the information to calendar@massjwj.net! We’ll update the slate of events every day!

May 4, 2017: Springfield Community Forum for the Schools Our Students Deserve

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:30
Would you like to be a part of developing a vision for the schools our students deserve? Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, students, and caregivers in the Springfield Public Schools -current, former, or future- please join us! Community Forum for the Schools Our Students Deserve May 4 5:30 to 7:30 Springfield Educational Association 1000 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield More info here.

May 6, 2017: Raise Up Massachusetts Progress as Resistance Conference

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:20
RAISE UP MASSACHUSETTS: PROGRESS AS RESISTANCE CONFERENCE SATURDAY, MAY 6TH, 2017, 1:00PM – 4:30PM UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON, UNIVERSITY HALL Join us for a statewide organizing conference to move forward a progressive agenda in Massachusetts! Come together with members of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and activists from across the Commonwealth as we use resistance to make progress on economic, racial, and immigrant justice at home. This event will feature a briefing on how activists can engage in our campaigns and other allied progressive issues against the Trump agenda. Don’t miss this event — sign up to join us today! RSVP ONLINE AT bit.ly/raiseup2017

May 7, 2017: Workers Defense Project Meet and Greet

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:10
Workers Defense Project along with Henry Allen, Sharon Block, Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Rebecca Gutman, Chung-Wha Hong, Tom Kochan, Darlene Lombos, Brinton Lykes, Eva Millona, Catherine Mooney, Amelie Ratliff, Palak Shah, Steve Tolman, Pavel Uranga, Dr. David Weil, and John Stewart Invite you to meet Jose P. Garza, WDP Executive Director, and a Worker Member from the Front Line We ask you to stand with immigrant workers and their families who are facing ever-increasing attacks. For more than 10 years, Workers Defense Project has been on the frontlines securing greater economic and social justice for working families in a deep red state. Join us for an afternoon to celebrate victories in the face of incredible obstacles and re-commit to even more tenacious and resilient organizing. Sunday, May 7 4:00-6:00 PM at the home of Amelie Ratliff 65 Burroughs Street Jamaica Plain RSVP to Julia@workersdefense.org Questions day of the event, call Amelie at 617-529-6894 Substantial hors d’oeuvres will be served. We welcome donations at the event; alternatively, we can accept contributions online at http://www.workersdefense.org Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships. WDP is a worker center [...]

May 8, 2017: Immigration and Labor Market Precarity in the 21st Century US

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:00
  Immigration and Labor Market Precarity in the 21st Century US A talk with Ruth Milkman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Monday May 8th 2017, 3:30 – 5pm UMB Labor Resource Center Wheatley Building, 4th Floor, Room 151 About the Talk: The 25 million immigrant workers in the U.S. today make up 16 percent of the U.S. workforce. About a third of them are unauthorized migrants from Mexico, Central America, Asia and Africa, typically employed in low-wage precarious jobs at the bottom of the labor market, and disproportionately vulnerable to wage theft and other violations of labor and employment law. The predicament of these workers is inextricably intertwined with rising inequality and the increasing precarity of the workforce as a whole, and to the broader transformation of the U.S political economy in the past four decades. This lecture will analyze the challenges currently facing low-wage immigrant workers, recent efforts to organize them and advocate on their behalf, and offer a critique of narratives that blame undocumented immigrants for the plight of U.S. born workers. Sponsored by the UMass Boston Labor Resource Center and Sociology [...]

May 17 & 18: Phone Bank for Public Education

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 20:00
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 spend an hour or two of your time making sure that we have everyone in our network with us on the 20th? Please sign up below for a shift that works with your schedule. All phone banks will take place from 4-6 PM at our new headquarters at 375 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Tuesday, May 9 Wednesday, May 10 Thursday, May 11 Tuesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 17 Thursday, May 18 [...]

May 10, 2017: Organize Boston Against Hate

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:51
Boston organizing meeting to plan a mass mobilziation in response to Alt-Right initiated hate rally on May 13. Hate has no place in Boston! On May 13th, Alt-Right forces have called a rally and march in Boston that they are billing as a “Free Speech” rally. However, the call on this website invites neo-Nazi’s to the demonstration, advising their side to dress like “normies”: http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2407-Boston-Free-Speech-Rally-MaY-13th-EDITION Their plan is to rally and march on the Freedom Trail, but their claim for freedom and free speech are entirely hypocritical when what they want to do is instigate violence and attack the rights of oppressed people. Their rally will create a climate of hate in our city and we don’t want people to live in fear of being Muslim, immigrant, Black, Brown, Asian, LGBTQ or any number of other people who are threatened. Recent racist attacks at a Red Sox game against African-American Orioles player Adam Jones are the latest example of an escalation of threats against our side in the city of Boston. We think these neo-Nazis and reactionaries should be publicly opposed with a non-violent mass mobilization on the same date and time as their rally. If they are allowed to [...]

May 11, 2017: Picket Kennametal!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:50
Stand with UE 274 to picket the Kennametal corporation! Two years ago, the employees pulled together to bring this company back from significant hardship. Now the company is repaying them with a $6 per week wage and major cuts to their healthcare, including: • Employee healthcare contributions will rise by $102 per week • Employees will pay an additional $500 copay, which was previously covered by the company • Employees will pay full prescription costs, which were previously reimbursed by the company • Employees will have no healthcare while on disability from being sick or injured Fight back! Stop corporate greed! Join UE 274 and Jobs with Justice on Thurs May 11 at 2pm at 34 Sanderson Street in Greenfield. Facebook event here.

May 11, 2017: Informational Picket for Workers at Bob’s Tires

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:50
UFCW Local 328 invites you to join us in a “Day of Solidarity” to inform Bob’s Tire customers that Bob refuses to negotiate in good faith. Please come out and join your brothers and sisters of the labor community anytime between 1PM and 3PM.   This informational picket line will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at: Executive Mitsubishi  2359 Purchase Street New Bedford MA  02746    

May 13, 2017: Framingham “Schools Our Communities Deserve Forum”

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:47
Across the commonwealth, MEJA is holding forums, workshops and events to bring together students, families, educators and community members to protect our public education system and envision & create the schools we deserve. The day will begin with welcoming speakers, a workshop on “Learn about the Framingham school budget” with Ed Gotgart, Executive Director of Business Operations, and then a panel discussion on “How to protect our public schools from Pres. Trump and Secretary of Education DeVos and create the schools we our communities deserve.” Following we will have closing speakers to wrap up our forum. ​ There will be a light breakfast. Childcare is available. Also simultaneous interpretation to Portuguese and Spanish will be provided. We hope you can join us! ​H​ere is the Facebook event: http://tinyurl.com/MEJAFraminghamForumEvent. Here is a form to register:http://tinyurl.com/MEJAFraminghamForum You can find more information at the MEJA website: http://www.massedjustice.org/.

May 13, 2017: Wake Up the Earth Festival

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:47
RAINDATED FOR MAY 13TH!! We Hope you will join us For the Wake Up the Earth Festival Saturday May 13th, 2017! Come see the stages, dance, learn, listen and play! – We will list schedules in comments on this event page. ABLE BODIED PEOPLE ARE WANTED! Come Help Paint, Glue, Prep, Make Art, Make Costumes, for the fesitval and parade.. April 25th-May 12th at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, JP Friday May 12th and Saturday May 13 th We need dozens of volunteers! Come help create and set up your community festival! Or come to a meeting (wednesday nights at 7pm) and volunteer for a specific role. Wake Up the Earth cannot happen without many hands!! Facebook event here.

May 17, 2017: Hub Community Schools Showcase

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:46
Hub Community Schools Showcase May 17, 6-8:30 PM The Bolling Building 2300 Washington St. Hub Schools are a model for school improvement based on identifying the needs and assets of a school community and bringing together stakeholders (parents, teachers, students, district, community, and health partners) to determine how best to use their resources to support the whole student and family. On the 63rd anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision, this event is a timely discussion for the continued pursuit of quality public education for all students. At this showcase, we invite you to: · HEAR about the successes of this school model nationally and locally. · LEARN about various models within BPS. · ASK questions about how Hub Schools work in practice. · ENVISION the schools we want to see in our communities and take the next steps to bring this vision to fruition. To Register for childcare Please click here. To request interpretation other than Spanish or Kreyol please contact Jonathan at 857-271-6063 or jrodrigues@btu.org. This event is a partnership between the Boston Public Schools, Boston Teachers Union, YMCA, Boston Education Justice Alliance, Engage Boston, Emmannuel Gospel Center and Parent Teacher Home Visits Project. Facebook event [...]

May 20, 2017: Rally for Public Education

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:45
Join us Saturday, May 20th to Rally for Public Education! Boston Common – @ Beacon and Charles St. 2-5PM ***Meet Up with the JwJ contingent at the stage at 2 PM!*** 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. 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 Event sponsored by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance. Facebook event here.

June 5, 2017: Unlocking the Mysteries of Just Cause Workshop

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 16:00
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF JUST CAUSE When: Monday, June 5th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: PLUMBERS LOCAL 12 HALL 1240 MASSACHUSETTS AVE DORCHESTER, MA 02125  Register here. Free Parking in Building Lot “Seven Basic Principles of Just Cause” Presentation, by Robert M. Schwartz – Robert Schwartz is a labor lawyer and Labor Guild instructor. He is the author of numerous popular handbooks including Just Cause: A Union Guide to Winning Discipline Cases (available at the workshop at the special price of $10.00). “Building a Campaign for Just Cause for All” Discussion, led by Rand Wilson – Rand Wilson is the Communications Director at SEIU 888 and a Labor Guild instructor. He is a longtime labor organizer and is currently involved with Our Revolution– working to fix our rigged economy and broken political system. Description: One of the greatest achievements of the union movement is forcing employers to agree to contract clauses guaranteeing just-cause protections. This differentiates union-represented workers from the wider workforce, which is chained to the employee-at-will rule. All union representatives and active union members should be well-versed on the elements of just cause. This workshop will feature a presentation on the “Seven Basic Principles of Just Cause” by [...]

June 6, 2017: JwJ Solidarity Committee Meeting

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 15:50
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!   Next Meeting Date: June 6, 2017 @6pm, At our new address 375 Centre St Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 We’ll bring the food — you bring the solidarity.   P.S. This meeting is open to everyone, If you can’t make it please send someone from your network and or community. Also, If you would like to be added to the agenda please e-mail me at: tarshia@massjwj.net

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