Local 888 Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Rodrigues attended a special site visit to SEIU’s Member Benefits headquarters to meet its staff, review its first year’s progress and plans for the future.
Visit www.seiumb.com to see how the buying power of millions of SEIU members helps the union negotiate some terrific discounts!“It’s really amazing to see what Member Benefits have put together for our members,” said Rodrigues. “I hope more members will take advantage of all of the new benefits that are on the website—everything from insurance and credit cards to discounts on travel and everyday items.”
Below are some of the great benefits available—at no cost or obligation—just for being an SEIU member!
Members who would like Brenda to visit their chapter for an informational session should call 617 241-3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of Local 888 marched on May 1 in communities across Massachusetts in support of International Workers Day and in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack.
Hundreds of social and economic justice activists gathered at UMass Boston on May 6 to prepare their campaign to win an ambitious agenda: a new $15 an hour minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, criminal justice reform, the Safe Communities Act and a constitutional amendment for a new Fair Share or millionaires tax.
This conference featured briefings on how activists can engage in campaigns to win: a $15 Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, the Fair Share Amendment, ending mass incarceration, and safe communities.
For the fifth year in a row, staff at the Committee on Public Counsel Services (CPCS) went to the State House on May 9 in support of legislation for collective bargaining rights.
“Despite the fact that all other agencies in the Commonwealth have the right to form unions, hundreds of public defenders and support staff who work for CPCS are denied this basic right because we were left out of the state collective bargaining law,” said Rachel Scotch, a public defender at the Malden district office, at a statehouse hearing on Senate Bill 1426 and House Bill 1426 before the Joint Committee on Public Service. “When our clients suffer, the whole system suffers. This isn’t just about our livelihoods, it’s about people’s lives.”
“I was hired in 2011, with 53 other public defenders, one of the largest hiring groups in CPCS. In the Worcester Office, out of my hiring class, there only remains myself and one other attorney — and that office started off with seven attorneys,” said Nathan Wong, a Public Defender in Worcester. “At CPCS, we don’t have the expectation that we’ll receive regular pay raises. We are paid lower than workers at all other state agencies who do similar work. Working at CPCS should not be considered a stepping stone to private practice, it should be a career. Passing legislation that gives us a path to choose collective bargaining could stabilize turnover and improve our services.”
“We are passionate and dedicated. All we want is a voice at work so we can better advocate for our clients and have a say in our own future,” said Jennifer Coliflores, a public defender with the Worcester Superior Court Office who also testified at the hearing.
“The legislation, An Act relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (S.1426 and H.1426) has more support this session than ever before,” said SEIU Political Director Dan Hoffer. “With 113 House co-sponsors and 28 Senate co-sponsors, this is the first session the bill has bi-partisan support with eight House republicans and two Senate Republicans signing on.”
The public defenders and staff are cautiously optimistic about gaining a vote in the legislature this year.
More information about the campaign is at www.seiu888.org/massdefenders.
May 1st is International Worker’s Day, the day we join in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the globe to demand justice for all workers! Here in Massachusetts, there will be May Day actions in support of immigrant workers across the Commonwealth. In a time when so many workers are facing attacks from all sides, it has never been more important to take to the streets! If you attend a rally, be sure to take a picture of yourself and other Local 888 members participating and send to email@example.com.
12:00 pm Rally at steps of Massachusetts State House in support of Safe Communities Act
5:00 pm Rally at Boston Common, followed by March to Copley Square
Chelsea, Everett, East Boston
9am-3pm Cosecha Day Without Immigrants Festival (Maverick Square, East Boston)
For more information, text HUELGA to 41411.
4pm March from Everett City Hall (484 Broadway, Everett MA 02149) into Chelsea City Hall
4pm March from LoPresti Park (33 Sumner Street, East Boston MA 02128) into Chelsea City Hall
5:30pm Rally at Chelsea City Hall, 500 Broadway, Chelsea MA 02150
For more information, contact: Yessenia Alfaro, 617-889-6080, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Day Without Immigrants
May 01, 2017 • 4:00 PM
Brockton Family Center, 1367 Main St, Brockton, MA 02301
For more information, contact: Isabel Lopez, 617-306-1365, email@example.com
No Ban, No Wall March
5:30pm March and Rally starting at Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg MA
For more information, contact: Eric Rodriguez, 774-573-3459, Eric_r@cleghorncenter.org
Or Local 888 member Jonathan Dudley firstname.lastname@example.org 704-608-2204
6pm Workers’ Celebration at Town Hall, 150 Concord Street, Framingham MA
For more information, contact: Lily Huang, 617-599-6785, email@example.com
A Day Without Immigrants
10am rally; Noon – March
For more information, contact: Joshua Alba, 786-290-7958, firstname.lastname@example.org 978-902-1505
March for Immigrant and Workers’ Rights
Lynn City Hall
4pm rally and march
617-704-0019 email@example.com • 781-346-9199 info@LynnUnited.org
On Facebook: http://bit.ly/maydaylyn
For more information, contact: Isaac Hodes, 781-346-9199 firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1st Strike at Smith College
May 01, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Smith College, 10 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063
5:30pm March and Speak Out starting at 1515 Main Street, Springfield MA
For more information, contact: Rose Bookbinder, 413-320-2028 email@example.com
May 1st Strike at Wellesley
May 01, 2017 • 12:00 PM
106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
4pm Rally at Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester MA
For more information, contact: Kevin Ksen, 413-977-1057, WorcCommunityLaborCoalition@gmail.com
Is there a policy agenda that would help improve everyone’s lives in Massachusetts?
Yes there is such an agenda and SEIU Local 888 is part of a coalition: Raise Up Massachusetts that is working hard to achieve it.
That’s why we’re inviting you to join activists and organizers from across the state for the Raise Up Massachusetts Progress as Resistance Conference.
Please join Local 888 and other members of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition to learn more about the role you can play in making progress on social, economic, racial, and immigrant justice here in Massachusetts.
This event will feature a briefing on how union members can engage in the fight for a $15 Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, the Fair Share Amendment, labor rights, ending mass incarceration, Jobs not Jails, protecting public education, immigrant rights, and Safe Communities.
Don’t miss this conference – click here to RSVP and join Raise Up on Saturday, May 6th, at University of Massachusetts Boston from 1:00 – 4:30PM!
If you can’t make it, sign up to join Raise Up as a volunteer for future events and actions or consider contributing to Raise Up campaigns!
Working families disproportionately experience high pollution levels by being exposed to environmental hazards both at home and at work. The toll of environmental injustice is a reality for far too many.
Healthy, vibrant communities cannot survive without clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. That’s why SEIU Local 888 is urging members to join the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.
Since Trump was elected president, there have been many inspiring acts of resistance. When working people come together and raise our voices it sends a message that we won’t tolerate going backwards.
At the 2014 climate march, Local 888 member Enio Lopez traveled to New York City and locked arms with airport workers, health care workers, and nearly 400,000 other concerned citizens for our environment. It was the largest such demonstration in our nation’s history.
With politicians scheming to kill laws that protect our air and water, it’s time to speak up and rise up again.
From the Fight for $15 to Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March, working people are becoming more united against a political system that is clearly rigged against us.
Show your support for future generations to have a healthy and safe environment in which to live and prosper. Join our growing resistance: on April 29, the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, lift your voice in the People’s Climate March in Boston.
The climate action movement is growing and getting stronger every day because working people around the nation have joined the call to demand solutions that will protect our communities for generations to come. Join the movement.