The Local 888 Convention will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., Oct. 24 via Zoom.
The union has identified six key industry sectors: early childhood education, public schools, higher education, public authorities and state and municipal workers.
There will be:
For more information and to register, see http://www.seiu888.org/convention/.
‘THE LABOR OF LUNCH’: Author Jennifer Gaddis will talk about her new book, which looks at “Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools,” via Zoom on Thurs., Sept. 24, 2:30 p.m. The event is in advance of Food Service Worker’s Recognition Day. Here’s the Zoom link:
If needed, cut and paste the link into a web browser in order to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the celebration.
LATEST CLASSES AT THE LABOR GUILD SCHOOL: Four-session classes will run via Zoom from the week of Oct. 19 to the week of Nov. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (https://laborguild.com/school-of-labor-management-relations/courses/.) Mondays: Steward Training. Tuesdays: Speaking in Public. Wednesday: Power and Struggle. With approval from their chapter leader(s), members in good standing may use chapter funds for tuition reimbursement. Local 888 will also provide a limited number of scholarships for members.
The August vote count for a union-certification election at the nonprofit College Bound Dorchester/Boston Uncornered was held up after management challenged the eligibility of a sizable number of the participants. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to issue a ruling soon.
Votes were cast via mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Balloting was tied, six to six, for the votes allowed by management, which had run an anti-union campaign. The NLRB staff will review the seven votes that were challenged by management, since a ruling affects the outcome of the election. For more on the organizing effort, see http://www.seiu888.org/2020/07/16/rallys-call-recognize-the-union-now/
With the start of fall looming amidst the ongoing pandemic, Local 888 school staff will face a wide variety of reopening plans — as drawn up by the state’s disparate districts.
Local 888’s Marlborough paraprofessionals returned to school full time and in-person on Aug. 31. A hybrid model for students will start Sept. 21. The students in kindergarten and first, second, 10th and 11th will also be in their schools full time. The rest of the students will cycle in and out of the schools, with part of their learning done “remotely,” meaning online.
The Oxford schools, which have a Local 888 chapter for custodians and cafeteria workers, also has a “hybrid” reopening plan. This means, for example, that elementary school students will be in schools two days per week, with all the pupils online on Wednesday.
The Haverhill schools, which have Local 888 custodian and transportation chapters, had slated to reopen with a type of hybrid model, too. However, The Eagle Tribune of Lawrence reports that the new plan calls for most students in the hybrid program to learn remotely from home until Oct. 5.
The Haverhill schools superintendent said “we’re looking for air to turn over four times per hour in a room.” A consulting firm is now looking at the air quality in the buildings and how effective the ventilation is.
The Watertown schools, with a Local 888 custodian and cafeteria along with a clerical chapter, will open with an all-remote plan. This will continue at least through Oct. 27 for elementary school students, for example. At that time, these schools may change to a hybrid model.
In Brockton, where Local 888 has a cafeteria workers chapter, officials are also starting school “in a fully remote format.” Other large cities, — including Boston, Somerville, Revere, Lynn and Chelsea — will also begin the school year with online teaching.
SEIU Local 888 is assisting Raise Up Mass with a weekly “Know Your Rights” series via Zoom on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. All chapter leaders and members are all encouraged to participate. You can register for the sessions here.
On Monday, July 20, SEIU and other union members rallied for essential front-line workers and demanded economic justice to protect Black workers as part of a national day action in 20 cities. We met on the front steps of the State House calling for passage of the HEROES Act by the U.S. Senate to protect those who have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Workers also called for action on racial justice legislation pending at the State House.
The event was organized by SEIU Local Unions in Massachusetts, including 1199SEIU who represent over 70,000 healthcare and homecare workers; SEIU Local 509, which represents 20,000 human service workers and educators; 32BJ SEIU, which represents 20,000 building service workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island; SEIU Local 888, which unites more than 8,500 public service workers; and the Committee of Interns and Residents SEIU, which unites and empower resident physicians to have a stronger voice within their hospitals.