Nearly 40,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers are on strike for good jobs with quality health and retiree benefits. Below are some ways that SEIU members can show their support. An injury to one is an injury to all!
1) Get some union members together and take a photo showing your solidarity with the strikers.
2) Contribute to the strike fund for Verizon Wireless workers set up by CWA members at AT&T Mobility.
Verizon Wireless store workers are striking for the first time ever at six stores in Brooklyn, NY and one in Everett, MA. They’re still without a first contract, two years after they voted to join CWA. They make significantly less than their wireline counterparts and thus have less to fall back on during the strike. Anything that can be done to support them and strengthen their morale and resolve in this fight is very helpful for them as workers and for the entire struggle with Verizon, since the company would love nothing more than to prevent unions from getting a foothold on the Wireless side.
Verizon workers are on strike to create a better workplace for themselves and future employees. They are standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of corporate executives get richer and richer.
They are standing together because they want to earn a living in their own communities instead of moving away from our homes and their families for months at a time. They want good jobs to stay in the United States, not be sent overseas.
Now is the time for all of us to stand together to make sure that working people at Verizon can not only make a good living, but also have a good life.
Visit www.cwa-union.org to sign a petition to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to support the striking workers
This morning, working people at Verizon went on strike. It’s never good when working families have to take this step, but Verizon workers felt they had no choice.
They’re fighting to create a better workplace for themselves and those who come after them. They aren’t going to give up until Verizon ends its push to send jobs overseas, stops intimidating Verizon Wireless workers trying to create a better future for themselves and their families, and drops its demands to cut retirement benefits, gut job security and make workers move away from their homes and families for months at a time just to keep their jobs.
These demands from Verizon executives are absurd. Verizon workers helped the company make $39 billion in profits over the last three years—and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016. But that’s not enough for Verizon.
The company’s greed knows no bounds. While the company continues to demand working people give back more and more, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year. That’s more than 200 times the compensation of the average Verizon employee!
It’s time for Verizon to acknowledge that working families also have a right to do well in America. It’s time for a contract that’s fair to Verizon’s working people and the customers they serve.
The House Committee on Ways and Means will release its FY 2017 budget recommendation on Wednesday, April 13th at noon.
What you can do:
As soon as the budget is announced, the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) Legislative Committee will contact you and other library supporters with the names of amendment sponsors. At that time, you will be asked to contact your legislators in the House immediately and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors to the library amendments and vote to make state funding for libraries a priority.
You need to act fast:
House Members will have until 5pm on Friday, April 15th to file and sign on to co-sponsor amendments. MBLC Commissioners are working with legislators to get amendments filed as soon as possible, hopefully that afternoon. The sooner an amendment is filed, the more time it leaves for other legislators to sign on as co-sponsors. The timing is very tight.
Your advocacy will be the deciding factor as to whether or not we are successful in generating enough support to increase funding for the library budget lines. Watch for an email on April 13th!
Numbers make a difference. Let’s set a goal of getting at least 10 people from each community to contact their legislators!
Thank you for your help. More to info to come tomorrow!
Local 888 Executive Board member David Reno (Boston Police Dept) and staffer Rand Wilson both ran for delegate to represent the 7th Congressional District at the Democratic National convention in July. At the caucus meeting, they were joined by SEIU State Council Director Harris Gruman, David’s wife Anna Thal-Reno, Rosa Matias (Chelsea City Hall), former Local 509 president Mike Grunko and Executive Board member Jorge Vargas (P&E at Boston Public Schools). Also attending the D7 meeting was Lidia Calvo, Colleen Fitzpatrick and DJ Cronin. Wilson was elected a delegate after three ballots.
Next Generation Rising: A conference for young workers
Saturday, April 23, 2016 * 9:30am-6:30pm
UMass Boston, McCormick Bldg, 3rd Floor (Ryan Lounge)
Please register online at www.massaflcio.org/nextgen and make sure to select ‘Union Registration’ under Registration Type. Checks can be made payable to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, 389 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148 Questions? Contact Kevin: email@example.com * 781.324.8230.
Public Speaking for Social Change
In this public speaking workshop, you’ll learn techniques and gain practice in communicating your message more efficiently in groups large and small in this interactive workshop.
When: Saturday April 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Where: SEIU 1199, 150 Mt. Vernon St. 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125
Contact: Kathy Casavant, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, 617-825-0520, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn everything you need to know about homeownership! Meet lenders, realtors and other Home Center partners who will be available to assist you with all your homebuying and homeownership needs. While you are there, you can take a free class in homebuying or home repair. Join us!!!
The Boston Home Center
SEIU Local 888 Executive Board meeting
When: Wed, May 11, 10am – 4pm
Where: 52 Roland St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Local 888’s Executive Board is the union’s governing body and is empowered to take action consistent with the local’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Fuel Assistance Extension:
The Housing Trust Fund is pleased to announce that the Fuel Assistance Program has been extended through April 30, 2016. Applications will now be accepted up to April 30, 2016.
For further details, contact the Housing Trust Fund at 617-241-3380 or speak with your field representative. Applications are available on the SEIU 888 website at www.seiu888.org/htf.