On the day after the Inauguration (January 21), thousands of union members will march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated especially in communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBT and people with disabilities.
“Local 888 and the other SEIU locals in Mass-achusetts are ‘Community Partners’ to help energize and strengthen the march with our vision and people power,” said Mari Cooney, a field rep who is spearheading Local 888’s participation. “We are one of hundreds of organizations in Massachusetts that are educating our members and seeking meaningful change.”
The march is a unique opportunity for Local 888 members to connect with thousands of other energized activists interested in working for equality, decency and justice for all.
The Boston Women’s March for America is one of over 100 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the Women’s March on Washington.
“We stand for religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice and reproductive justice,” said Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso. “Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world, that the United States stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.”
Click here to download the Local 888 Boston Women’s March for America flyer to boost turnout from your coworkers, friends and family.
Register for the march at Eventbrite: http://tinyurl.com/zw7tk4p
Womens’ March RideShare Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155205758297373
Local 888 is a member of the Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition committed to building an economy that works for all of us.
Raise Up won a significant increase in the minimum wage in June 2014 — raising it from $8 to $11 over three years. Raise Up then led the campaign to ensure access to earned sick time for all workers by passing Question 4 in November 2014.
In 2015 and 2016, Raise Up passed a paid family and medical leave bill in the state Senate, fought to win a $15 wage for working people as part of the national Fight for $15 movement, and won the first of two votes by the full state Legislature needed to advance a new Fair Share Amendment to the 2018 ballot.
New fact sheets to help educate your coworkers, friends, and family about these three campaigns are available from Local 888. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to three Local 888 members whose children have been awarded $500 union scholarships. The winners are: Nicholas Ferris whose mother Kerry Ferris works for the Hopkinton School paras; Tingwa Tam whose mother Qiaoyan Tam works for BPHC; and, Kaitlyn Vail whose mother Karen Vail works for the Hopkinton School cafeteria.
Local 888 offers college scholarships for members and their families to attend any post-secondary school of their choosing. For information about the next opportunity to apply, visit: http://tinyurl.com/j2dtver
Brockton Cafeteria workers won a new three-year agreement which included a $1 an hour increase in the first year and 2 percent raises in the second and third years. The $1 across the board increase means members will get between 5 and 10 percent increases in the first year!
Other highlights: Members with over five years of service will receive a $300 longevity increase. Four assistant managers were upgraded to managers, and the lead satellite position at the Huntington School was upgraded to Assistant Manager.
If a state of emergency results in a school closing, employees will be paid for up to two days per school year. There were many other improvements, including higher pay and more security for caterers and an increase in the sick leave payout.
The agreement was ratified with 85 percent approval.
Brockton High School Production manager Linda Machnig is the chapter chair and has worked at the Brockton schools for 26 years. She said, “We got ourselves together and really worked hard for almost a year on this agreement. We got great help from the Local 888 and support from the community. I’d really like to thank our Reps from Local 888, Maureen Medeiros and Larry Higgins.”
Brewster School Custodians
Brewster School Custodians negotiated a new three- year contract with a salary increase of 6 percent over three years! Deleting the first step and adding a new Step 14 at 2 percent helps senior members who are maxed out of steps. Also, a $25 across-the-board increase in longevity! The School Committee has agreed to help decrease out-of-pocket expenses by working with members to provide winter clothing and rain gear outside of their clothing allowance.
Monomoy Regional School Custodians
What a difference a contract makes! The first contract with the Monomoy Regional School District was a battle that went into mediation. In December, a three-year contract was easily ratified with a revision to the salary schedule, dropping three steps and adding two steps from the eighteen-step salary schedule for the custodians. The contract includes a 10 percent increase for the custodians and a 12 percent increase for the lead custodians! Double time on Sundays, an increase in outside function pay to forty dollars per hour, and an additional step in longevity after completing 24 years in the amount of $1,500 boosted pay to dedicated employees who have maxed out! Longevity was increased across the board by $100 in the third year of the contract! The biggest win was deleting language that redlined a member, giving him the opportunity for a 10 percent increase over the life of this contract, as well as all future salary increases!
Nauset School Custodians
Nauset School Custodians unanimously ratified a new three-year contract that includes a 2 percent increase each year, deletion of the first step and addition of a 14th step at 3 percent, a slight increase on the night differential and grounds person’s differential, a $25 increase on each step of longevity, and an increase in the limit of sick days from 160 to 180! The School Committee agreed to provide winter clothing and rain gear, putting out of pocket expenses back in the members’ pockets, as well as disease control equipment and clothing!
SEIU Field Rep. Joan Caruso assisted with all of the above contract settlements.
On Nov. 29 thousands of workers from across the United States took to the streets in a movement for fairness and justice.
Please consider joining this historic campaign for a $15 statewide minimum wage by taking a pledge to stand with underpaid workers fighting for basic rights. In Massachusetts, Local 888 members and staff took the streets with fast food workers in front of McDonalds to demand that corporations stop paying poverty wages. Thirty-four workers; community, faith, and labor leaders; and elected officials including State Senator Jamie Eldridge committed civil disobedience and were arrested. Hundreds rallied outside of Logan Airport to demand $15 an hour and union rights for airport workers. In the afternoon, we gathered at the State House to announce that Raise Up Massachusetts will be launching a legislative campaign for a $15 statewide minimum wage.
SEIU Local 888 is part of an ambitious campaign to raise the wages for the thousands of hard-working underpaid workers across the Commonwealth, who make up a third of the state’s workforce. If you agree, pledge your support and join the campaign today.
Working families value the safety and security of their health coverage more than ever. Yet despite broad support, congressional Republicans are moving to try and rush through a plan that would take away health care from more than 22 million Americans – with no plan to replace it.
Congress needs to work together to fix what’s broken in the Affordable Care Act to make it work better for everyone, not simply tear the whole thing down.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement would result in all sorts of unintended consequences that will harm seniors, children and working families.
The drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act is just the first step in Republican plans to cut Medicaid and turn Medicare into a voucher system. This would plunge our entire health care system and American households into a crisis at a time when we can least afford it.
For a detailed briefing paper on “Threats to health care in 2017 and beyond,” email email@example.com or call 617 241-3300.