Coalition for Social Justice 20th Annual Banquet and Awards Celebration
When: Friday, June 19, 6-9PM.
Empire Grille at the Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army
Highway, Swansea, MA 02777
Tickets are $30 each.
Fight for $15 – #WageAction Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, July 7: 12PM – 1:30pm
Where: SEIU Local 888 union hall
Building Our Chapters
Local 888 South East/Cape Regional Meeting
Saturday, July 18, 9:30am – 2PM
Where: Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham
Register online at www.seiu888/rsvp
On April 27 the Tyngsborough Board of Selectman honored Local 888’s Tyngsborough Town Highway Department in recognition of its collective snow removal efforts during this historic winter season. Chairman Robert Jackson and the
Tyngsborough Board of Selectman commented on the Highway Department’s efforts and presented them with a plaque of recognition.
Local 888 Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Rodrigues was on hand to witness the presentation. Chairman Jackson elaborated on the efforts demonstrated by the Highway Department for reporting to duty at all hours of the night. Jackson further commented on the long shifts required and the Highway Department’s ability to perform their duties professionally even if they are fatigued.
Member Jim Hustins said that Highway Department workers were very pleased to be recognized for their efforts. “These workers are conscientious and understand that they must be good representatives of the town while working alongside the plows that remove snow by contract. Our members work hard and lead by example for these contractors because generally damaged property will soon become their responsibility of repair when the weather breaks,” said Hustins.
Local 888 congratulates the members of the Tyngsborough Highway Department for this recognition and all highway department members across the state who worked so hard this winter.
SEIU Local 888’s Committee on Political Action has been meeting with members across the state to talk about what matters most to them and how political action by members can increase dignity and respect on the job.
The April 23 COPA meeting in Worcester was attended by Khystian King, a Local 509 member and Worcester City Council candidate who spoke about his vision to improve the city’s educational system, the importance of safe neighborhoods, and continuing to support working families. The committee voted to endorse him and is proud to support such a strong, pro-union candidate.
The committee also discussed the positive progress of the campaign to increase unrestricted Local Aid by five percent. SEIU Local 888 has distributed over 500 postcards for members to send to their elected officials urging them to support funding for cities and towns. As a union, we have the power to stand together and effect positive change in the legislature!
The COPA meetings will continue to rotate across the state in order to involve more members. Our next meeting will be on May 21 at 6PM in Local 888’s Springfield office, 1275 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01089. The meeting is open to all Local 888 members. See you there!
Do you want post cards urging the legislature to increase local aid? Contact Local 888 Political Director Dan Hoffer at email@example.com or call 617 642-3588.
Jason George will be there—will you? On April 14, fast food workers, retail workers, PCAs, adjuncts and part time faculty, and thousands of union members are going to stand up for good jobs that pay enough for a secure future. The Boston event will kick off rallies across the country and around the world.
George learned about the event at a recent Local 888 steward’s training and says that he’s been spreading the word ever since.
“So many people barely make $15 an hour. That’s why this march is so important. You can’t live on the minimum wage. Even working for the City of Boston, I have to work two jobs to survive,” says George, who was recently promoted from a counselor to an assistant coordinator at the Boston Public Health Commission’s Woods-Mullen Shelter in the South End.
George says that he has been dropping off fliers at fast food restaurants all over Dorchester and Mattapan. “I’ve also given them to many of my friends in low wage jobs,” says George.
The march and rally will begin at 4:00 PM at Forsyth Park (at the intersection of Huntington Ave. and Forsyth Way) near Ruggles and Northeastern MBTA Stops.
It will end at approximately 6:00 PM near the Boston Common.
“We’re encouraging Local 888 members to attend and to bring as many of their co-workers as possible,” says Local 888 Secretary-Treasurer Brenda Rodrigues.
She says that by joining forces with low-wage workers who are fighting for $15 an hour and a union, union members will ultimately strengthen their own hand at the bargaining table. “Wherever the Fight for $15 succeeds, it puts more money back into our communities — which in turn creates more good jobs.” Members are also encouraged to bring their families and friends, especially if they make less than $15.
Can’t make it into Boston for the big event? Wear a sticker on-the-job that day to show your solidarity with the event and raise awareness about the importance of the Fight for $15 for all of our members. To order stickers, call your union representative.
Need a ride to the rally? For information on bus transportation to the rally, visit Local 888’s website at www.seiu888.org or call (617) 241-3300.
When: Saturday, April 25, 10AM-noon
Where: Local 888 union hall,
52 Roland Street,
Charlestown, MA, 02129
Please RSVP for the event by clicking here or call (617) 241-3300.
Congratulations to three Local 888 members whose children have been awarded $500 union scholarships. This year’s winners are: Emily Drury, whose father Dana Drury works at UMass Lowell; Angelica Rocco, whose mother Laurie Rocco is a member of Unit 2, Department of Agricultural Resources; Patrick Scannell, whose mother Maryanne Carty works at Westwood Town Hall.
SEIU Local 888 offers college scholarships for members and their immediate families to attend any post-secondary school of their choosing. For information about the next opportunity to apply, visit http://www.seiu888.org/888members/benefits/
A new report from Keystone Research Center and Good Jobs First finds that taxing top incomes at the same rate as the middle class could fund critical state priorities, including education, infrastructure and public pensions. The report finds that states could generate large amounts of additional revenue to meet public needs by fixing inequities in state tax codes.
The study shows that surging inequality has skewed huge amounts of income to the one percent, who pay far lower tax rates than the middle class, squeezing state budgets unnecessarily. Making tax codes fairer is shaping up to be a political priority for organizations that advocate for working people, including here in Massachusetts, where some groups are considering proposing a constitutional amendment.
To read the full report visit http://keystoneresearch.org/taxfairness.