Congratulations to the Fitchburg Registry of Deeds bargaining team for negotiating a contract that members unanimously ratified. The agreement includes a nine percent raise over three years, additional monies into the dental plan and an attendance policy related to inclement weather. Members are looking forward to upcoming Labor/ Management meetings within the next few months.
Custodians at the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School ratified a new contract on July 15, 2014. Highlights of the new agreement include language protecting against layoffs, cost of living increases of 2% each year of the three year contract, an increase in vacation to five weeks after 17 years, and shift differential eligibility for part-time employees who fill in for full time employees for two weeks or more.
Local 888 will award one Greg King Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 (by lottery) and two $500 scholarships (by lottery) to enable members (or family) to attend any post-secondary school of their choosing.
Local 888 will also award scholarships of up to $500 for approved labor study programs or courses (information on a few Labor Studies programs is below).
Completed applications are due by Sept. 13, 2014 for Fall scholarship awards. Applications will be screened by the Scholarship Committee and the lottery will be held at the Sept. 17 Executive Board meeting. Scholarship winners are expected to attend the Oct. 4 membership convention to receive their award.
Scholarships applications are available at the Local 888 union hall or by clicking here:
The course listing for the Fall 2014 Guild School
Fall Location: SEIU-1199, 150 Mt. Vernon St. Dorchester, MA 02125
Classes start Monday, September 15 through graduation November 10, 2014
Local 888 Communications and Policy Director, Rand Wilson will be teaching a Labor Guild class: “Crisis in the Labor Movement: Which Way Forward for Workers and Their Unions?”
Learn more and register online at www.laborguild.com, or call 781-340-7887.
Citing a long history of support for the environmental movement, delegates to the SEIU Massachusetts State Council voted unanimously to support the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City on September 20-21, 2014.
“With our children’s future on the line, we urge all union members and their families to take a weekend in New York and use it to help bend the course of history,” said Cliff Cohn, of Local 509 who serves as president of the state council. With leaders from around the world there, as well as the attention of global media, the anticipated march and rally in New York City is expected to be to be unprecedented.
“We’re proud to join with hundreds of other union, community and environmental groups to demand long overdue action to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now,” said Cohn. “We want a world safe from the ravages of climate change. It’s time to organize, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.”
More info about the People’s Climate March is at: peoplesclimate.org
Uniting nearly 85,000 health care and human service workers, educators, municipal and state employees, security officers, janitors and others across the Bay State, the SEIU Massachusetts State Council is a representative body of leaders who have been democratically elected by the membership to represent their local and workers in their respective industries. The council includes SEIU Locals 1199, 32BJ, 509, 888, Chapter 3FO and the Committee of Interns & Residents.
Local 888 members “stickered-up” on June 12 for a Low Wage Worker Day of Action. Watch a short video from the June 12 Day of Action here.
Teri Lambert and Karol Grato, both Local 888 members from the Mashpee Police Department, completed the Hero Triathlon on June 22 in Mashpee, taking second place in the female relay. Even more impressive: the duo, with friend Laura Robinson, competed while wearing Local 888 union colors.
City of Boston Office Hours
Office hours to meet with your union representative for the City of Boston are held every other Thursday from 11:30AM to 2:00PM at Boston City Hall, Room 624A. The next scheduled date: Thursday July 24th.
Office hours for the Boston Police Department are on the third Tuesday of the month in the 3rd floor hearing room. The next scheduled date is Tuesday, July 15th from 2:30AM to 4:00PM. Any questions, please contact Field Representative Mari Cooney at 617-410-8880 or 617-241-3365.
Women’s Committee/Latino Caucus Joint Potluck
When: Wednesday, July 16, 6PM
Where: Local 888 Union Hall, 52 Roland Street, Boston.
COPA Committee Meetings
Local 888’s COPA committee met in Worcester on June 24 to consider endorsements of a number of candidates running in state elections. The next COPA meetings are:
Central MA COPA Caucus – candidate interviews
Wed, July 16, 6:30PM–7:30PM
Where: Local 888 Central MA Office, 330 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA
July COPA Committee meeting
Thu, July 17, 6:30PM–7:30PM
Local 888 Union Hall
Local 888 staffer Christina Villafranca will be coordinating our union’s participation in events at the Bread & Roses festival. Local 888 will have a tent with info about unions and the labor movement. To get involved or learn more about it, contact Christina at 617 398-0254 or email@example.com