Workers at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home were forced to experience one of the most traumatic COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. To help employees recover emotionally from the disaster, a coalition of unions has reached an agreement with the state that will provide mental health services.
The has OK'd a $400 million plan to construct a new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. However, some of the same issues that contributed to the COVID-19 disaster there, which killed over 76 veterans, still must be resolved.
Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition backed by Local 888, has successfully campaigned to get all Massachusetts workers covered by Emergency Paid Sick Time. That includes municipal workers, who Gov. Charlie Baker had sought to exclude.
GET THE SCOOP: The Spark newsletter for April shines a spotlight on: * The election of Tom McKeever as Local 888's president. * A candlelight vigil held at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home to recall the lives lost to the COVID-19 outbreak. * The Emerson chapter's digital age show of solidarity. See The Spark stories that follow on the website..