On Wednesday October 3, Marriott workers walked off the job at the seven Boston hotels managed by the Marriott Corporation. The Boston hospitality industry is booming and Marriott is enjoying record profits. We need to demonstrate solidarity for this critical struggle.
Sporting a Local 888 logo on her bike helmet,
Executive Board member Carolyn Carey was part of a team of 25 who took part in a Cape Cod charity bike ride to raise money for WE CAN, the Harwich-based nonprofit Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking.
“It’s a wonderful organization,” said Carey, who works for the town of Harwich. “WE CAN stands up for what’s fair and equitable. Just like our union, it tries to make every aspect of life more equitable.”
WE CAN partners with other Cape Cod agencies to provide
a wide range of services to women and families struggling with such issues as domestic violence, substance abuse or a life crisis.
The WE CAN charity team, which set a goal of raising $32,500, was part of the larger Last Gasp Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers event, which goes from Sandwich all the way to Provincetown. The Last Gasp gets its name from a steep hill toward the end of the ride. The goal is to get up the hill without getting off the bike.
Local 888 members marked Labor Day, which honors workers in a variety of ways. Members took part in the 34th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival on Labor Day on the Lawrence Common with an informational booth at the festival.
All ages came out to celebrate the Labor Day festival. Children took in pony rides, balloons and a reptile exhibit. Entertainment ranged from a local brass band to a multimedia production, performed by poets, dancers and actors.
For her part, Teresa Riordan, a Local 888 E. Board member, talked up the importance of Labor Day with her fellow Westwood town workers. She noted the upsurge in union activism seen across the country – including teachers strikes in such “right to work” (for less) states as West Virginia and Arizona.
In fact, a recent Pew Research Center study that found that a majority of young people have a favorable view of labor. And, the numbers of union members grew last year by 262,000. Three-quarters of those new recruits were under the age of 35.
A surge in activism among young people has also fueled the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo protests movements.
The officers and staff of Local 888 extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Joseph Lazzerini, whose father, Kevin James Emerson, 55, of Attleboro, has died. Lazzerini is a former political organizer for Local 888
Public Forum: Increasing Federal Investment in Public Higher Education
Thurs., Oct. 4, 4 p.m – 6 p.m. Small Science Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd. http://masspeaceaction.org/event/increasing-federal-investment-in-public-higher-education-invest-in-minds-not-missiles/
UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center’s 43rd Anniversary Banquet
Thurs., Oct. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Venus de Milo banquet hall, 75 Grand Army of the Republic Highway, Swansea
Meet the Candidates for Governor at the 2018 SEIU Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Interviews
Sponsored by SEIU State Council, in partnership with Locals 509, 32BJ, 1199 UHE, 888, and 3FO, and SEIU Community Action
Where: 1199 SEIU Headquarters
108 Myrtle Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Meet Democrat Jay Gonzalez and Republican Charlie Baker!
We encourage our members to attend — Let your voices be heard!
This Gubernatorial Election Forum is open to members only.
At the time of the Supreme Court’s “Janus vs AFSCME” decision in late June, SEIU International Union (IU) staff questioned whether Local 888 would be able to survive in the post-Janus open shop environment.
The IU suggested Local 888 consider merging with other Massachusetts locals. Leaders of Local 888 spoke affirmatively and with one voice: “Any merger would be counter-productive and premature.” Instead, Local 888’s leaders and Executive Board took steps — outlined below – and convinced the International Union that a merger was unnecessary.
The Executive Board pledged to implement Together We Rise protocols and establish seven key benchmarks for our success:
The Executive Board also committed to work cooperatively with other locals to improve services and achieve administrative cost savings. We are currently in discussions with Local 509 about collaborating on politics and steward trainings.
Now it is incumbent on the leaders and staff of Local 888 to implement the benchmarks and begin working cooperatively with the other locals.