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Holyoke Home’s unions win compassionate care for workers, paid by state

July 9, 2021

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.

Holyoke Home’s unions win compassionate care for workers, paid by state

Dispatchers seek fairness in pensions

June 30, 2021

Boston Police dispatchers, a Local 888 chapter, were on the frontlines as the pandemic hit. Now the chapter is hoping members’ service will be remembered at the State House this year.

Dispatchers seek fairness in pensions

Action needed on Holyoke Home staffing

June 29, 2021

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.

Action needed on Holyoke Home staffing

‘Essential’ Lottery workers honored, eye better contract

June 29, 2021

Local 888 members in the production and distribution area at the Massachusetts State Lottery, about 16 people, were recently honored for being essential workers during the pandemic.

‘Essential’ Lottery workers honored, eye better contract

Millionaire’s tax will face voters

June 29, 2021

The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition, which Local 888 is a member of, has kicked off the campaign to get voters to approve the Fair Share Amendment, sometimes known as the millionaire’s tax.

Millionaire’s tax will face voters

Public workers win sick time with campaign

June 28, 2021

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.

Public workers win sick time with campaign

Local 888 awards scholarships

June 28, 2021

SEIU Local 888 has picked three $500 scholarship winners through a lottery.

Local 888 awards scholarships

Moment of Silence

June 28, 2021

Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence

‘Join Up’ for better contracts

June 28, 2021

Local 888 is looking to increase membership to win better contracts. A workshop on the upcoming campaign is set for Thursday, July 15.

‘Join Up’ for better contracts

Coming Attractions

June 25, 2021

MEMBER WELCOME ORIENTATION: A 45-minute Zoom workshop is generally held the second Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Coming Attractions

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