“We need to support new organizing strategies for employees who too often have never had the benefit of collective bargaining, and we have to resist the assault on workers’ rights. Let’s say loudly and clearly, ‘Right-to-Work’ is wrong for workers and wrong for America.” —HILLARY CLINTON
“I think having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country.” —DONALD TRUMP, August 2015
Delegates at the Local 888 Membership Convention unanimously approved three resolutions:
1) Urging “No on Question 2” – a ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools. Click here to read the Local 888 resolution on the Cap on Charters.
2) Support for raising new revenue for education and infrastructure by allowing a tax on incomes over $1,000,000 at a higher rate. This new “Millionaires tax” would require changing our state constitution in a statewide ballot in the fall of 2018 for the constitutional amendment. Click here to read the Local 888 resolution on supporting increased investment in Massachusetts
3) A resolution calling on mayors, town managers and school superintendents of every city and town where Local 888 has members to “Fix Massachusetts Schools Now.” The resolution urges increased funding for modernization, renovation, and repair of elementary and secondary school buildings in public school districts across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click here to read the Local 888 resolution. to support fixing Massachusetts schools.
Officers and staff gathered with long-time Field Rep. Sue Chase on the occasion of her recent retirement. Congratulations Sue — and thank you for your many years of service to SEIU Local 888!
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is designed to help Massachusetts cities and towns create affordable housing, preserve open space and historic sites, and develop outdoor recreational opportunities.
CPA funds are generated by a small surcharge on local property tax bills matched by a statewide trust fund to maximize their impact. Over 160 cities and towns have already used the CPA to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in matching funds from the state.
If adopted, Boston could unlock tens of millions of dollars in state funds. These funds will be used to fund the three following areas:
● Increase affordable housing
● Invest in parks & recreation
● Create new jobs by expanding historic preservation
The Yes for a Better Boston Committee, recommends a 1% property tax surcharge, with exemptions for low-income homeowners, low-and-moderate-income senior homeowners, and for the first $100,000 of residential and business’ property value. The average single family homeowner would pay an average of $24 per year, and in turn, the city would generate up to $20 million every year for CPA projects. These dedicated funds would:
For more info, visit www.yesbetterboston.com
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Boston is one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in the US. Though wages remain stagnant, housing costs are skyrocketing. This puts thousands of families, especially working class communities of color, at risk of being displaced.
Landlords and tenants have come together to introduce a Just Cause Eviction ordinance to put the brakes on displacement by protecting vulnerable renters. If passed by the Boston City Council and signed by the mayor, a Just Cause Eviction law would:
For more information, visit www.justcauseboston.org
Movie: “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket”
Thursday, Oct. 13, 4-7 pm, UMass Lowell, O’Leary 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Free and open to the public followed by a panel discussion with UMass Lowell history Prof. Bob Forrant.
SEIU training and campaign canvass
Saturday, Oct. 15, Canvass in New Hampshire for SEIU candidates (Bus Trans-portation Provided)
Want to sing? Kick Off Rehearsal & Founding Meeting
For Boston Voices of Community and Labor (B VOCAL). Sunday, October 16, 2-6 pm, Plumbers Local 12, 1240 Mass Ave., Dorchester. For more info call Lisa Gallatin at 617-877-9115.
Last day to register to vote
Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the Nov. 8 general election.
UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center Awards Banquet
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:00 pm Reception, 6:30 Dinner. Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army Hwy, Swansea, MA.
SEIU training and campaign canvass
Saturday, Oct. 22, Canvass in New Hampshire for SEIU candidates (Bus Transportation Provided)
Final GOTV Push
Saturday. Nov. 5: Volunteer opportunities with labor endorsed campaigns all over Massachusetts and GOTV in the New Hampshire.
State General Election
Don’t forget to vote!|
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
The bi-annual SEIU Local 888 Membership Convention will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM at 30 Braintree Hill Office Park, in Braintree.
“By attending the convention, members will learn more about what your union is doing to build power for you and your co-workers,” said Local 888 President Mark DelloRusso. “Members will have an opportunity to meet your officers and staff and hear from many inspiring guest speakers.” State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Attorney General Maura Healey are both expected to attend.
After the convention adjourns, there will be an office grand opening and celebration of our new union headquarters followed by special guest speaker –award-winning author and commentator, David Cay Johnston. This event is free and open to the public so tell your friends!
“The convention is a great way to meet other members and learn more about how to make our union stronger,” said Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Rodrigues.
Registration opens at 10:30 AM with coffee. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information and updates on the convention, visit SEIU Local 888 website at www.seiu888.org/convention