After more than a year of protests by staff and faculty across the UMass system, President Marty Meehan has committed the university to funding $10.9 million in retroactive pay denied to faculty and staff by the previous president.
Staff and faculty from across the UMass system attended
a protest last fall. The workers successfully fought to get retroactive wages they were promised more than a
A total of 24 unions on the four UMass campuses negotiated new contracts in 2014, agreements that included millions intended for faculty and staff pay raises. But when campus leaders told workers that they couldn’t afford to pay for the raises, the result was a season of protest. President Meehan has indicated that he hopes the deal will start the school year on the UMass campuses “with a clean slate and with harmony.”
UMass Lowell chapter chair Janet King thanked Local 888 members there for helping to win the deal, and for their patience over the past year. “I want to thank everyone for their support as we navigated through this process,” said Janet King, UMass chapter chair. “It was a long and tedious process and the Local 888 staff worked hard with your bargaining team and UMass leadership to bring this to fruition.”
Congratulations to Becky Black and Diana Umina, who were elected co-chairs of the Hopkinton Paraprofessionals, and Colette Ferguson, the new treasurer, in an election on September 29. (Not pictured: Kim Heese). The 80 member unit also ratified a new contract agreement on that day.
Becky Black, Diana Umina and Colette Ferguson.
Haverhill School Custodians presented
a check to the Spirit of Hope Fund
Haverhill School Custodians chapter chair Fred Simmons presented a check to Greg Cote of the Spirit of Hope Fund, an annual family-run fundraiser to support Brain Cancer Research. Spirit of Hope supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Rally at the Statehouse for $15 an hour and respect on the job
When: Tuesday, October 13, 11AM
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston
Carry it On: MCAN’s 30th Anniversary Celebration!
When: Thursday, October 29, 6-8PM
Where: Jonathan Spack Community Center Third Sector, New England 89 South Street
Local 888 Executive Board Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 18, 10AM
Where: Local 888 Union Hall, 52 Roland St, Charlestown, MA
The new sick time law approved by Massachusetts voters last fall is being heralded around the country as a major step forward for workers’ rights. But there’s at least one group of workers who aren’t covered by the law: municipal workers, especially part-timers, who don’t get paid sick days through one of the state’s 351 cities or towns. Now some municipal workers and their unions are pushing back.
Supporters of the new sick time law rally at the Statehouse. The law went into effect this summer.
The sick time law, which went into affect in July, provides workers—including part-time and seasonal workers—with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. But there’s a catch. The state constitution prohibits cities and towns from being forced to increase spending on employment costs. That means that while private employers have to extend the new benefit to workers, municipalities don’t. In Boston, for example, an estimated 3,200 workers get no paid time off when they’re sick.
Local 888 wants to hear from you about your experience with the new sick time law.
Are you now getting paid sick time thanks to the new law? Are you a part-time municipal employee who still lacks access to paid sick time? Your stories will help Local 888 work to strengthen the new law.
If you have a story to share, please contact Rand Wilson at rwilson<at>seiu888.org.
Raise Up Massachusetts is seeking volunteers to help gather signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise taxes by four percentage points on annual income above one million dollars. The new revenue generated by this tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and for repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation.
Members who would like to collect signatures should contact Local 888 political director Dan Hoffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 642-3588.