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McKeever, Local 888’s new officers pledge to build union power

June 3, 2021

Local 888 members, leaders and staff Zoomed in for the swearing-in ceremony for the union’s top officers, trustees and executive board members, as Tom McKeever took the reins at the union.

McKeever, Local 888’s new officers pledge to build union power

Zoom event draws praises for retiring President Rodrigues

April 30, 2021

Local 888’s outgoing president, Brenda Rodrigues, was feted at a Zoom retirement event — which was attended by members, public officials and labor leaders.

Zoom event draws praises for retiring President Rodrigues

The Spark eyes Local 888 election, Holyoke vigil, Emerson solidarity

April 21, 2021

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..

The Spark eyes Local 888 election, Holyoke vigil, Emerson solidarity

Brockton, cafeteria staff reach agreement

April 16, 2021

Brockton schools and the cafeteria workers reached an agreement as the district gets ready to return all students to in-person learning, full time.

Brockton, cafeteria staff reach agreement

Holyoke Soldiers' Home vigil recalls outbreak

April 16, 2021

Union members at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home organized a March 30 candlelight vigil to remember the tragedy that struck the residential facility one year ago.

Holyoke Soldiers' Home vigil recalls outbreak

North Shore Labor Council eyes 888 campaign

April 16, 2021

Rachel Scotch, president of the MassDefenders, talked up the importance of collective bargaining at the North Shore Labor Council’s annual Legislative Breakfast.

North Shore Labor Council eyes 888 campaign

Emerson staff takes digital-age action

April 16, 2021

Local 888’s Emerson College chapter used a “Staff Forum” to stage an online show of solidarity.

Emerson staff takes digital-age action

SEIU members hard hit by pandemic stress, insecurity

April 16, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has brought increased stress and hardship to workers in Massachusetts — along with increased fears of having budgets, services and jobs cut.

SEIU members hard hit by pandemic stress, insecurity

Baker stalls sick leave plan, wants to exclude municipal workers.

April 16, 2021

Gov. Baker has sent Emergency Paid Sick Time legislation back to the State House with negative amendments. These include one that would exclude municipal workers.

Baker stalls sick leave plan, wants to exclude municipal workers.

Coming Attractions

April 16, 2021

Upcoming events include 'BARGAINING 101' AND 'MEMBER WELCOME ORIENTATION.'

Coming Attractions

McKeever wins 888 top spot

April 16, 2021

The hotly contested Local 888 election came to a close April 3 — with the votes counted, in keeping with pandemic times, via Zoom.

McKeever wins 888 top spot

2021 Spark Special Election Edition

March 16, 2021

2021 Spark Special Election Edition

Community Catalyst Staff Vote Almost Unanimously To Join Local 888

March 10, 2021

The union draws upon Community Catalyst’s roots in the labor movement and seeks to bolster the organization’s commitment to equity and justice.

Community Catalyst Staff Vote Almost Unanimously To Join Local 888

Community Catalyst Staff Vote Almost Unanimously To Join Local 888

March 5, 2021

Community Catalyst Staff Vote Almost Unanimously To Join Local 888

Coalition calls for vaccination plan for school workers

February 15, 2021

Coalition calls for vaccination plan for school workers

Annual report spotlights progress in 2020

February 15, 2021

Annual report spotlights progress in 2020

Executive board setting up Racial Justice Task Force

February 15, 2021

Executive board setting up Racial Justice Task Force

Holyoke Soldiers' Home staffing problems persist

February 15, 2021

Holyoke Soldiers' Home staffing problems persist