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April 8, 2014 - 12:05am
On April 2nd, the House passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.50 by July 1, 2016.

 

Your voices made a difference. Thanks to your advocacy and the historic signature gathering effort last fall, Massachusetts is set to have the highest minimum wage in the country – an increase that will help low-wage workers across the Commonwealth who are struggling to make ends meet.  Regrettably, the legislation from the House did not include a sufficient raise for tipped workers and it would not tie future increases in the minimum wage to the cost of living. That's why we're gearing up for the next round of signature gathering to ensure that these issues can be put in front of voters in November.  
We have a lot of work ahead of us, but take a moment to look at what we have accomplished so far this year in the fight for a higher wage for all Massachusetts workers! Then, sign up to join us for our next steps!

 

March 25, 2014 - 3:06pm

Earlier this month, Le Meridien Cambridge workers joined Local 26!  After nearly two years of weekly picket lines, a boycott and the support of the broader community, 75 workers are thrilled to have a voice and respect on the job. 

One year after organizing into UNITE HERE Local 26, 70 food service workers at Lesley University ratified their first union contract on Friday.  The Bon Appetit servers, dishwashers, cooks and cashiers at Lesley are the latest in a wave of 800 campus food service workers who have joined UNITE HERE Local 26.  "I love cooking for students, and I’m proud to be part of a community that makes the world a better place”, says Randy Wright, a cook at Lesley University.  “Our community of support—students, professors, pastors, city councilors—gave us the confidence to speak out and say ‘we deserve better’! It’s not easy to change your life, but that’s why we organized into Local 26. No one should go it alone.”  “I’ve worked two and three jobs but have still worried about losing my home.  This contract will give me space to plan for the future” says Radames Moran, a cook at the University.  Under the contract, employee health insurance premiums will be cut in half.  For Roderick Reynolds, who has five children, this is a game-changer:  “With the new Union Health Plan I will save hundreds of dollars a month — money that can now go to my kids’ education.  ”The new agreement contains both earned and accrued sick days.  “As a mother, I’ve been forced to make impossible choices—care for my sick child or get a paycheck” says Ana Marte, a cashier.  “With paid sick leave, I have the freedom I need to be a mom.”

When we fight, we win!

January 14, 2014 - 8:03pm

Early this year, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take up our legislation to raise the minimum wage, but corporate lobbyists want to link any increase to the minimum wage to cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.

That’s why we’re asking you to take action right now. We don’t think that raising the minimum wage for workers − who have not gotten a raise in 5 years − should come at the expense of the unemployed. If the only legislative path to an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, we are urging our legislators to oppose it and let the voters decide in November.

We need you to talk to your legislators today to pass along our message: We want to raise the minimum wage for workers in Massachusetts, but we won’t do so at the expense of the unemployed.

Here’s what you can do right now to take action:

 1. Find your legislators: Visit www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com to find your legislators. Enter your address to see your results, and make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. You should see both your State Senator and State Representative listed.

2. Call the legislative switchboard at (617) 722-2000: Follow the instructions to be directed to your legislator.

3. Speak to your legislator or a member of their staff. Make sure to identify yourself as a constituent from their district. Tell them:

 

 • Raising the minimum wage is vital for Massachusetts workers, but it should not be done at the expense of the unemployed.

 

• With regards to minimum wage legislation, we are asking you to support:
      1. Raising the wage to a minimum of at least $10.50 an hour.
      2. Linking future increase in the minimum wage to the rising cost of living.
      3. Raising the wage for tipped workers

• If the only legislative path to achieving an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, I urge you to oppose it and let the voters decide.

4. Report your call: Click here to report your call, so that we know which legislators we able to reach and where they stand on these issues.

 

December 11, 2013 - 2:02pm
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December 11, 2013 - 10:38am

HEI & UNITE HERE have reached an agreement to improve standards in the hotel industry.

December 4, 2013 - 2:25pm

Join us for an action in Boston to reclaim the promise of public education for all!

December 2, 2013 - 10:47am

Thank you to everyone who took part in an action at Walmart on Black Friday!

November 20, 2013 - 12:07pm
Come celebrate the holidays with your friends from Jobs with Justice!
November 18, 2013 - 5:24pm
Learn more about our Campaign for a Debt-Free Future
November 18, 2013 - 4:17pm
Come learn about our plans to support Walmart Strikers this Black Friday!

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