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.
Over 100 fast food, airport and other low wage workers turned out for an April 4 march to the State House to support the fight for $15. A bill in the legislature would raise the minimum wage to $15 and end the exemption for tipped wage workers.
By David Reno, Boston Police Dept.
David Cay Johnston, who spoke at Local 888’s September 2016 convention, has a new newsletter, DCReport.org.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has a plan to arm you, the average American, with the information you need about what your government is up to, what your fellow citizens think and — most importantly — what you can do about it.
Johnston recently was first to publish President Trump’s 2016 Income Tax returns.
Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso joined the SEIU Massachusetts State Council on a letter to Gov. Baker and other top lawmakers calling for reforms that “go beyond the recommendations of the study on criminal justice reform released by the Council of State Government.”
The letter called for an end to mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, an increase in the threshold for felony larceny from $250 to $2500, and sealing CORI laws for seven years for felonies and three years for misdemeanors.
Copies of the SEIU State Council letter are available from email@example.com.
Do you know a member who is making a difference in your union or community? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in a future Local 888 Member Spotlight.
The National Labor Relations Board conducted an election on March 2 to determine if a majority of staff at Suffolk University wanted the right to collective bargaining with management.
Suffolk employees have worked for months to build majority support for forming a union to, “Give us a voice and a contract to create stability and predictability,” said Michelle Archer da Silva, a staff assistant in the Law School.
After the workers petitioned the NLRB for an election, management began using the infamous Chicago union-busting law firm Seyfarth Shaw (their average hourly pay rate is over $610 an hour!).
With Seyfarth’s help, management cut the originally proposed bargaining unit in half, excluding many of the union’s strongest supporters. Then management used anti-union tactics like holding intimidating “one-on-one” meetings with workers, disparaging Local 888, and suggesting that by forming a union, workers could actually end up worse off.
When workers went to vote, management challenged the eligibility of 49 workers, many of whom were members of the organizing committee! Four workers were challenged by NLRB and three by Local 888.
The vote for SEIU Local 888 was 71 to 80 for no union. However, because the 56 uncounted ballots could determine the outcome of the election, the challenges must be resolved before workers will know the final result.
“I’m confident that a majority of the uncounted ballots were cast by folks who support forming a union at Suffolk,” said Liz McGovern, an office coordinator for the Strategy and International Business program. “The challenged ballots included members of the organizing committee and many staff members openly supportive of the union.”
While Suffolk is a private university, it survives because of the enormous support it receives from tax subsidies, government financing for tuition and other public support.
If Suffolk management continues with its expensive obstruction, the results of the election could take months to sort out.
However, regardless of the result, workers at Suffolk are determined to move forward. They are designing a survey that will allow everyone an opportunity to provide input on their bargaining priorities once all the votes are counted and their union is certified.
The SEIU Local 888-backed bill to win union rights for staff at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is off to a strong start in this legislative session. Bipartisan support now includes 139 members of the legislature (113 out of 160 members in the House, and 26 out of 40 in the Senate).
With so many co-sponsors, the organizing rights bill is in a strong position to pass. However, winning will require a strong showing for the MassDefender’s lobby day. All Local 888 members, public defenders, investigators, and administrative staff are invited to the State House to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives in support of the bill.
The lobby day is Wednesday, April 19 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Massachusetts State House. Whether you’re available in the morning or the afternoon, we will be meeting with Representatives and Senators all day.
Our lobby day is crucial to keeping the pressure on our legislators and winning more support. Click here to RSVP.
Save the Date for the Next Lobby Day, April 19th at the State House.