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Lydia Edwards is a proven leader and innovator who gets results. As an attorney she drafted and passed legislation to protect women workers and led a department of city government on the day-to-day issues facing Bostonians in housing and economic development.
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Donald Trump has called NAFTA a “disaster” and promised to re-negotiate it. However, there is no guarantee that the Trump administration will make changes to NAFTA that actually benefit working people or communities, instead of just extending the many ways it benefits multinational corporations.
Boston Water & Sewer member Damali Simmonds testified at a statehouse hearing in support of legislation that would create the nation’s most comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program.
“I had to return to work three months after I gave birth to my beautiful daughter,” said Simmonds. “I simply could not afford to take more time off work without pay or I would risk eviction. Mothers are forced to make terrible choices – paid leave would allow me and so many other mothers to stay with their infants when they are most needed.”
The paid leave legislation (H2172/S.1048) would make employees in Massachusetts eligible for job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new or adopted child.
Employees taking paid leave would receive partial wage replacement equal to a percentage of their average weekly wages, with a maximum of weekly benefit of either $650 or $1,000. Paid leave would last up to either 12 or 16 weeks to care for a seriously ill or injured family member or to bond with a new child (family leave), and up to 26 weeks for an employee’s own serious illness or injury (medical leave).
Benefits would be funded through employer premium contributions to the new Family and Employment Security Trust Fund or to private insurance plans. Employers would be allowed to require employees to contribute up to 50% of the cost of premiums.
For more info, visit Raise Up Massachusetts www.raiseupma.org
The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) to expand and sustain national investments in prevention and public health programs. Since 2010, Massachusetts has received more than $126 million through the Prevention Fund.
In 2017, the Prevention Fund will invest nearly $1 billion in critical public health programs across the country for community-based prevention, immunizations, outbreak preparedness and response, and more. The TrumpCare bill would eliminate the Prevention Fund, decimating lifesaving public health investments in every state.
Massachusetts received a total of $17,622,501 in FY 2016. If the Prevention Fund were repealed, Massachusetts would lose more than $88 million over five years.
In FY 2016, Massachusetts received funds for the following programs:
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
• $4,210,887 from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. The Block Grant gives states flexibility to use the funding in ways that fit their communities and their unique needs.
Boston Public Health Commission
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.
Old Colony Y
For more information, visit: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/prevention-fund-state-facts-2017/
Committee on Political Action meeting
Tuesday, July 25, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Chelsea Collaborative, 318 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150 For more information contact Local 888 Political Organizer Joe Lazzerini at 617-241-3369 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring Class & Classism
Thursday, August 3
5:30 – 9:00 pm
BEST Hospitality Training Center (Dudley Square). In this workshop, participants will explore:
See the schedule of events at Bread & Roses Heritage Festival: http://bit.ly/Bread-Roses
Local 888 will have a tent set up on the Lawrence Campagnone Common and be providing festival attendees with info about the benefits of union membership. Volunteers are needed to help out (even just for a few hours) with setup or staffing our tent. Contact Local 888 organizer Gayle McMahon at email@example.com
Sign up for classes on Media, Messaging, and The Labor Movement; ABC’s of Arbitration; The Steward’s Job; Collective Bargaining; Employee Benefits Are No Longer Fringes, Leadership at Every Level, Next Steps for Stewards, and Persuasive Public Speaking.
Local 888 can provide scholarships. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2shmuTd
Raise Up Massachusetts lobby and hearing for a $15 Minimum Wage
Tue, September 19, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts Primary Election Day
Tue, Sept. 19, (Sept. 26 in Boston!)
Last day to register to be eligible to vote is August 30! For more info visit “Where Do I Vote” http://bit.ly/2tJbldK
North Shore Labor Council Legislative Dinner
Sat, September 23, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Angelica’s Restaurant, 49 S. Main Street (Rte. 114), Middleton, MA
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO
Honoring Special Awards Recipients:
For more info and tickets, contact Rebecca at 781-595-2538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SEIU Local 888 members can log onto Six Flags to buy tickets with substantial savings off the main gate price. This online benefit program offers not only substantial savings, but allows you to “print and go” so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets.
To access your special tickets, and learn about other Local 888 membership discounts, please visit: Local 888 Deals.