Dracut Librarians met with Local 888 reps and Executive Board member Sue Noel on July 15 to discuss ways to make their chapter stronger and build broader support for the critical services they provide for the community.All librarians and aides who are members of Local 888 are encouraged to attend the Legislative Library Caucus on October 15.
More details about the Legislative Library Caucus will be announced soon.
On August 20th Local 888 members at the Gardner DPW held an election for new chapter Leaders. Newly elected are Gilbert Gravel, Chapter President; Jeff Roy, Chapter Vice President; D.J. Monroe, Chapter Steward; and Brian Peete, Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. Incoming Chapter President Gravel thanked those newly elected for running and the previous chapter leaders for their service.
Gravel also thanked the membership and said, “We look forward to working in our new positions to improve working conditions for our fellow employees.” Local 888 would like to extend its appreciation to outgoing Chapter President Wayne LaHair for his years of dedicated service.
Local 888 member Michael Giampietro, a certified building official for the town of Millis, weighed in about the importance of extending health and safety protections to municipal workers. Giampetro’s testimony was part of a July 21 Statehouse hearing to encourage legislators to close a loophole in the law exposes municipal workers to unnecessary dangers on the job.
In his written testimony, Giampietro argued that extending OSHA protections to municipal workers is just plain common sense. “OSHA provides the education that employees need to understand the hazards present in the workplace. Knowing what the hazards are and how to abate those hazards makes for a safer workplace.”
SEIU Local 888 Executive Board meeting
When: Wednesday, September 16, 10AM-4PM
Where: SEIU Local 888, 52 Roland Street, Charlestown
Labor Guild School Fall Term 2015 (first day of classes)
When: Monday September 21,
Where: 66 Brooks Dr, Braintree
Note: Chapter funds can be used for tuition and scholarships are available. Info at www.laborguild.com/school
Legislative Library Caucus
When: Thursday, October 15,
Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, location TBD
More information is available at www.masslib.org/
Carry it On: MCAN’s 30th Anniversary Celebration!
When: Thursday, October 29,
Where: Jonathan Spack Community Center Third Sector New England 89 South Street http://www.eventbrite.com/e/carry-it-on-mcans-30thanniversary-celebration-tickets-17853893476
IBEW and CWA are calling on union members and allies to turn out for a rally on the day before their contract, covering 39,000 Verizon workers, is set to expire. This comes amid another tough round of contract negotiations with Verizon, which may lead to a showdown on August 1st.
Stand in solidarity with workers against Verizon’s corporate greed!
When: Thursday, July 30th
Where: The Verizon Building at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston
(Corner of Cambridge and New Chardon Streets)
For more information go to http://standuptoverizon.com/