Local 888 Executive Board meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 10 am – 5pm
52 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA
Merrimack Valley Labor Council Legislative Breakfast
Thursday, May 12, Doors open at 8:00 AM
The Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, 51 River Rd. Andover, MA. Tickets are $30 p/p (table for 8 is $240). Contact Tom Raiche at (978) 441 1939
Massachusetts Constitutional Convention
Show your support for the FairShare tax on incomes over one million dollars.
Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 PM
Mass. AFL-CIO Gompers-Murray-Meany Annual Educational Conference
Build connections across the Labor Movement, learn strategies to talk with your co-workers about anti-worker candidates running this cycle, and enjoy an election themed comedy show starring Jimmy Tingle.
Wednesday, May 25, 3pm to Friday, May 27, noon
Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth, MA
Register at www.massaflcio.org
Local 888 Committee on Political Education (COPA)
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 PM (Monthly meeting)
26 West Street, 2nd Fl., Boston
COPA helps members fight back against budget cuts to public services and threats to contract rights. Membership involvement in electoral campaigns and legislative advocacy is key to winning locally and statewide!
Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)
Weekend Leadership Conference, Bridgewater State College, June 24 – 26
More info at http://wildlabor.org
The conference costs $30. Local 888 will reimburse up to 10 members who attend.
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Being a mom is a tough 24-hour job. No pay, no day off, and often unappreciated. Add to it while a mother’s work is never done, resignation is impossible!
This Mother’s Day is the best time to say in words how much we love and care for our moms.
Mothers bring love, joy, happiness and caring into our world.
From the officers and staff of SEIU Local 888,
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Local 888 members who are moms!
Nearly 40,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers are on strike for good jobs with quality health and retiree benefits. Below are some ways that SEIU members can show their support. An injury to one is an injury to all!
1) Get some union members together and take a photo showing your solidarity with the strikers.
2) Contribute to the strike fund for Verizon Wireless workers set up by CWA members at AT&T Mobility.
Verizon Wireless store workers are striking for the first time ever at six stores in Brooklyn, NY and one in Everett, MA. They’re still without a first contract, two years after they voted to join CWA. They make significantly less than their wireline counterparts and thus have less to fall back on during the strike. Anything that can be done to support them and strengthen their morale and resolve in this fight is very helpful for them as workers and for the entire struggle with Verizon, since the company would love nothing more than to prevent unions from getting a foothold on the Wireless side.
Verizon workers are on strike to create a better workplace for themselves and future employees. They are standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of corporate executives get richer and richer.
They are standing together because they want to earn a living in their own communities instead of moving away from our homes and their families for months at a time. They want good jobs to stay in the United States, not be sent overseas.
Now is the time for all of us to stand together to make sure that working people at Verizon can not only make a good living, but also have a good life.
Visit www.cwa-union.org to sign a petition to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to support the striking workers
This morning, working people at Verizon went on strike. It’s never good when working families have to take this step, but Verizon workers felt they had no choice.
They’re fighting to create a better workplace for themselves and those who come after them. They aren’t going to give up until Verizon ends its push to send jobs overseas, stops intimidating Verizon Wireless workers trying to create a better future for themselves and their families, and drops its demands to cut retirement benefits, gut job security and make workers move away from their homes and families for months at a time just to keep their jobs.
These demands from Verizon executives are absurd. Verizon workers helped the company make $39 billion in profits over the last three years—and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016. But that’s not enough for Verizon.
The company’s greed knows no bounds. While the company continues to demand working people give back more and more, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year. That’s more than 200 times the compensation of the average Verizon employee!
It’s time for Verizon to acknowledge that working families also have a right to do well in America. It’s time for a contract that’s fair to Verizon’s working people and the customers they serve.
The House Committee on Ways and Means will release its FY 2017 budget recommendation on Wednesday, April 13th at noon.
What you can do:
As soon as the budget is announced, the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) Legislative Committee will contact you and other library supporters with the names of amendment sponsors. At that time, you will be asked to contact your legislators in the House immediately and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors to the library amendments and vote to make state funding for libraries a priority.
You need to act fast:
House Members will have until 5pm on Friday, April 15th to file and sign on to co-sponsor amendments. MBLC Commissioners are working with legislators to get amendments filed as soon as possible, hopefully that afternoon. The sooner an amendment is filed, the more time it leaves for other legislators to sign on as co-sponsors. The timing is very tight.
Your advocacy will be the deciding factor as to whether or not we are successful in generating enough support to increase funding for the library budget lines. Watch for an email on April 13th!
Numbers make a difference. Let’s set a goal of getting at least 10 people from each community to contact their legislators!
Thank you for your help. More to info to come tomorrow!