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April 16, 2015 - 3:43pm
Workers joined UNITE HERE Local 26, Boston’s hotel workers union, ending a more than 2-year public fight and boycott. During the course of their campaign, housekeepers told the public about the pain and injuries they experienced cleaning hotel rooms. Undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard launched a campus campaign to encourage Harvard to support the workers’ demands.
“It is inspiring to see that when workers and students come together, real change can be made,” said Harvard freshman Angela Leocata. “The DoubleTree workers winning a union proves the power of collective action and the promise of student-worker solidarity.”
 
Read more here
March 18, 2015 - 10:17am
USW Reaches Tentative Agreement with Oil Industry;Agreement with Shell Sets Pattern for Industry 3/13/15 (Pittsburgh) – The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Shell Oil as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry.  The agreement accomplishes the major goals as directed by the USW’s oil conference in October of last year, and has been approved by union’s lead negotiators and National Oil Bargaining Policy (NOBP) Committee.

 

 “We salute the solidarity exhibited by our membership,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “There was no way we would have won vast improvements in safety and staffing without it.”

 

 Safety issues were central to the negotiations, and the proposed agreement calls for the immediate review of staffing and workload assessments, with USW safety personnel involved at every facility. Daily maintenance and repair work in the plants was another critical issue that, too, was addressed.

 

 “The new agreement calls for joint review on the local level of future, craft worker staffing needs,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway. “Included are hiring plans to be developed in conjunction with recruitment and training programs.”

 

 The tentative agreement calls for yearly wage increases as well as maintaining the current health care plan cost-sharing ratio.

 

 “Preserving ‘retrogression’ clauses in our agreements was also an objective established by our policy conference and we accomplished that, too,” said USW International Vice President Gary Beevers, who oversees the union’s oil sector. “There was no way we could turn our backs to the accomplishments of prior contract negotiations.”

 

  The next step in the bargaining process is for the company to put the terms of the settlement agreement on all of the Shell and Motiva bargaining tables. Our expectation is that other employers will offer the same terms at their local bargaining tables.

 

  The local unions will then review the employers’ proposals with Vice President Beevers. Approved settlement agreements are then submitted to the local membership for explanation and ratification votes.

 

  The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed among industries that include metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, plus the service and public sectors. For more information: http://www.usw.org
February 26, 2015 - 12:35pm
MA Jobs with Justice has joined with more than 60 national organizations to form A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. Please sign this pledge to protect the public Postal Service!

 


 The United States Postal Service is a wonderful national treasure, enshrined in the Constitution and supported by the American people. Without any taxpayer funding, the USPS serves more than 150 million households and businesses each day, providing affordable, universal mail service to all­ - including rich and poor, rural and urban, without regard to age, nationality, race or gender.The Postal Service and postal jobs are threatened by those who would undermine the postal services and dismantle this great public institution.  Even some postal executives have been complicit in the drive toward the destruction of the Postal Service and ultimate privatization. In the face of these attacks, we are fighting to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now - and for many generations to come.

 

 Watch a 2-minute video where actor-activist Danny Glover shares his personal story about the impact and importance of a vibrant public Postal Service. 
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February 19, 2015 - 4:49pm

From skyrocketing tuition and student debt to underpaid, overworked faculty and staff, we all see it happening every day —  more and more, our colleges and universities are running on a corporate business model that hurts us all.

Join us for an evening of conversation, inspiration, and plans for action to defend our colleges and universities!

Register here

January 28, 2015 - 4:31pm

Our Mass. JwJ annual dinner will be held on April 2nd from 6 pm - 9 pm! Get your tickets here.

January 6, 2015 - 2:46pm

We want to know: What would you do without your student debt?

 

Print your own sign to fill out! Download the file below or find it at http://bit.ly/debtselfie

Tweet it @massjwj or email to gillian@massjwj.net with the hashtag ‪#‎DebtFreeFuture‬ 

December 2, 2014 - 2:00pm

Print out our Debt Free Future sign, fill it in, and take a selfie! Tweet it @massjwj

December 2, 2014 - 1:57pm
Debtor’s PotluckMonday, December 15, 6-8 PM

 

Jobs with Justice Office, 3353 Washington St, Jamaica Plain(Green St. T stop - Orange Line)

 

 When you have student debt, you need support… and sometimes a decent meal. That’s why we’re inviting anyone with student debt to come commiserate, share information, and scheme about how toend the student debt crisis NOW. Take a break from dodging Sallie Mae and join us for dinner & real talk about debt! 

 

*Please bring some food or drink to share* 

 

 For more information, or to RSVP, contact Gillian Mason:617-470-7409 or Gillian@massjwj.net
November 7, 2014 - 12:40pm
Thanks to all of the hard work and commitment of community members, organizations, and volunteers, almost 1 million workers in Massachusetts will be able to earn sick time.

 


Parents will no longer risk losing their job when they have a sick child at home.Workers will no longer risk losing their job because they need to see a doctor.


 

 

We rose up & made it clear:

The people of Massachusetts believe that the ability to care and provide for themselves and family is a right, not a privilege.     

 

 Thank you!
October 27, 2014 - 2:14pm

 

 

As of October 17, union workers at FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are on strike to protect their pensions, health care, job security, decent wages, and the future of their communities. These members of the IBEW and the CWA build and maintain the communications network that brings essential phone and Internet service to northern New England. Many seniors, people with disabilities, and rural residents depend on these skilled workers.

 The firm of Angelo, Gordon & Company is a major hedge fund that makes tens of millions of dollars each year by managing employee pension funds. At the same time, Angelo, Gordon is the largest shareholder in FairPoint Communications, a company that is currently waging war against its own workers, freezing pensions, cutting retiree health care, and sharply raising health care costs for current employees. To make matters worse, FairPoint is demanding the right to outsource work at any time to lower-paid, less-experienced, out-of-state and overseas contractors. We won't stand for corporate hypocrisy! If FairPoint won’t listen to its workers or the communities that support them, surely it will listen to its powerful Wall Street investors. Please help us urge Angelo, Gordon, & Company to use its influence to demand that FairPoint go back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract and to support quality customer service, good jobs, and a secure future for northern New England workers and their families.
Click here to show your support for FairPoint workers!

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