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The Benefits of Belonging: Why Union Membership Makes Sense

September 6, 2022

Unions were created in the 1800’s to address the plight of workers during the Industrial Revolution. Though the landscape of industry has changed dramatically since unions’ inception, the need for unions remains crucial.

The Benefits of Belonging: Why Union Membership Makes Sense

The Plight of Public Defenders

September 6, 2022

The latest effort by Massachusetts public defenders to be recognized as employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to form a union has again been passed over by the Legislature.

The Plight of Public Defenders

Boston University Children's Center Teachers Vote Unanimously to Unionize with SEIU Local 888

August 9, 2022

Press Release

Boston University Children's Center Teachers Vote Unanimously to Unionize with SEIU Local 888

Ratification Roundup

July 21, 2022

SEIU 888 works collaboratively with chapters across Massachusetts to secure dozens of contracts for members each year - contracts that improve the lives of our members and the services available in the communities they serve. Here are just a few examples of our recent wins.

Ratification Roundup

BPS School Safety by the Numbers

July 19, 2022

The City of Boston and Boston Public Schools have grown increasingly tight-lipped about the growing safety crisis in our public schools.

BPS School Safety by the Numbers

‘BEYOND THE PALE’

July 19, 2022

Belmont Selectmen Cross Line in Comparing Union Members Advocating for Fair Contract to Insurectionists, Murderers

‘BEYOND THE PALE’

Zoom workshops offer primer on Local 888 membership

February 13, 2022

Give participants a chance to meet union officers such as President Tom McKeever.

Zoom workshops offer primer on Local 888 membership

Union leader, now on Lowell council, slams city’s ‘cronyism and nepotism’

February 13, 2022

Looks to reform a system for hiring and promotions that he learned about while fighting for fellow union members looking for ‘a fair shake’

Union leader, now on Lowell council, slams city’s ‘cronyism and nepotism’

Boston 911 worker decides it’s time to call it quits

February 13, 2022

At understaffed Boston 911 call center, too many workers are hanging it up. The ranks of the call-takers alone have fallen from more than 60 down to about 45.

Boston 911 worker decides it’s time to call it quits

Brandeis chapter goes all out to welcome in new members

February 12, 2022

Meanwhile, librarians embroiled in contract campaign with university

Brandeis chapter goes all out to welcome in new members

Malden administrative assistants’ COVID service rewarded with $1,000

February 12, 2022

Funding comes from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Malden administrative assistants’ COVID service rewarded with $1,000

Salary survey pays off for Uxbridge clerical, Town Hall chapter

February 11, 2022

Contract with up to 12 percent raises passes unanimously.

Salary survey pays off for Uxbridge clerical, Town Hall chapter

Brighter day dawns outside Southampton Street Shelter

February 11, 2022

Cleanup in the homeless facility’s area shows the power of working in a community, labor coalition.

Brighter day dawns outside Southampton Street Shelter

Plymouth County custodians win big pay boost

February 9, 2022

For starters, the new contract gives Local 888 members a $2-per-hour pay increase.

Plymouth County custodians win big pay boost

Pandemic work rewarded under state’s new ‘Unit 2’ contract

January 30, 2022

A hazardous duty bonus — which covers union members at the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes — is part of the pact’s raises and bonuses.

Pandemic work rewarded under state’s new ‘Unit 2’ contract

Local 888 leader sworn in for Lowell City Council

January 30, 2022

Corey Robinson lands district seat as city, facing a civil rights lawsuit, revamps representation.

Local 888 leader sworn in for Lowell City Council

Worcester Housing Authority workers honored for saving life

January 28, 2022

Two Local 888 members care for unconscious resident while calling for emergency personnel.

Worcester Housing Authority workers honored for saving life

Dispatchers dial up pressure on city over depleted ranks

January 27, 2022

The Boston Police Department ‘completely and totally fell down on hiring.’

Dispatchers dial up pressure on city over depleted ranks