A recent Arbitration ruled that Boston Police Operations Dispatcher Wei Li should be reinstated to his position of employment. Wei Li was disciplined and subsequently terminated from his position as a dispatcher in July 2015. SEIU Local 888 Attorney Maureen Medeiros prepared this case for arbitration and was victorious in her argument. The arbitrator ruled that
1) The City did not have just cause to terminate the grievant, Wei Li.
2) The City shall immediately reduce the discharge of Mr. Li to an oral reprimand for his conduct in downgrading the 911 call of July 28, 2011.
3) The city shall immediately offer to reinstate Mr. Li to his former position. 4) The city shall immediately make Mr. Li whole for all wages and benefits which he lost as a result of his unjust discharge less interim earnings, if any.
A new report on how McDonald’s avoids paying its fair share of taxes find that over the past decade, McDonald’s appears to have taken advantage of corporate tax loopholes to avoid paying U.S. tax on nearly $16 billion in foreign earnings, saving as much as $1.7 billion in taxes. The report also found that McDonald’s makes extensive use of tax havens to avoid paying what it owes to the IRS.The report was authored by Public Services International (PSI), the International Union of Foodworkers and SEIU.
Read more and get the full report by clicking here.
Damali Simmonds, a Local 888 member at Boston Water & Sewer, testified at a recent statehouse hearing on Paid Family & Medical Leave. Simmonds was quoted in her local newspaper and featured in a new Local 888 brochure that makes the case for paid leave.
Labor Guild Dinner
When: Fri, December 4, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston
Tickets are $150 http://laborguild.com/lg-events/events/forty-ninth-annual-cushing-gavin-awards/
Western Mass LaborCAN Educational Conference
Connecting your neighborhood to the statehouse
Sat., December 5, 9AM-1PM
Hilton Garden Inn (right off I-91) 800 Hall Of Fame Ave., Springfield
Meet Massachusetts AFL-CIO President, Steven Tolman
Learn about the rightwing attack on unions
Plan meetings with your State Legislators
Join us for a special lunch and meet union members from all over western MA
There is no fee but please register at: www.massaflcio.org/LaborEdConference or contact Katie Hayden firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.324.8230
Local 888 Executive Board Meeting
When: Wednesday, December 16, 10AM
Where: Local 888 Union Hall, 52 Roland St, Charlestown
Save the Date: Local 888
Hockey Night at UMass Lowell
When: Feb. 6, 2016
Includes a pre-game open skate and special members’ reception at the Tsongas Center.
More details in Dec. Spark.
On November 10, working people who are building the Fight for $15 movement will stand up together for a day of national action. Read about the Nov. 10 event planned in Boston here.
All Local 888 members who plan on attending the 3:30 PM rally at Faneuil Hall and/or the 4:30 PM march to the state house on Nov. 10 are urged to RSVP here.
We’ll call on corporations like McDonald’s to stop paying wages so low that we can’t make ends meet. We’ll continue to stand up for our right to stick together in a union. We’ll also call on elected representatives to change the rules so ordinary people can get a fair shot.
We’re sick and tired of corporations and the wealthy having so much power that they can manipulate the rules in their favor.
Too many African-Americans and Latinos are dying at the hands of police. It is time for real changes to make sure all Americans are treated with respect and dignity. That includes the millions of immigrants who do some of the toughest jobs in the country. They strengthen the backbone of America and deserve a chance to move out of the shadows and to become legal residents with a future opportunity for citizenship.
On November 10, Americans will be 363 days away from going to the polls to elect a new president and new representatives. RSVP for the Nov. 10 event in Boston here.
So we will rally in front of city halls across the country to launch a new push to build a movement of $15 Voters. Our $15 Voter movement will mobilize our co- workers, families, and neighbors to elect people who will help us raise wages, strengthen our freedom to stick together in unions, make it easier to get quality home care and child care, ensure that black lives matter and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
We will hold the rich and powerful to the same rules everybody else plays by.
Together, we can work to end racism and oppression and fight for work that is good for families in every community.
What’s it like to live on $8 an hour?
Chrisanna Capshaw is a mom – with a full-time job at Subway in North Carolina. She works hard to support her two kids – Pharaoh and Amariani. But at just $8 an hour, it’s simply not enough to get by. After diapers and day care, her take home pay is exactly ZERO dollars.
So Chrisanna is fighting back. Watch her powerful testimony for $15 and union rights at a special wage board.
It’s simply wrong that a mom could work hard every day and STILL not be able to support her kids. It’s time for $15 and union rights now – for Chrisanna, for her kids, for everyone.