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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!
October 15, 2014 - 2:44pm

Where do you work? Do you have decent wages, earned sick time, or fair scheduling? What would make your job better?

We want to hear from you -- join workers from Walmart, the fast food industry, home care and domestic workers in the community to talk about the Fight for $15 and issues at work.


Contact Melonie Griffiths for more information: melonie@massjwj.net(link sends e-mail) or 617-318-8670

RSVP on Facebook

 

October 1, 2014 - 10:51am

Join activist brass bands from around the country for a Day of Action in the campaign to raise the minimum wage. From as far away as Seattle, Brooklyn and Montreal, these loud, colorful and fun-filled bands will use their powers of music and spectacle to bring the national fight for a $15/hour minimum wage to the doorsteps of local Boston establishments still refusing to pay their workers a living wage, earn paid sick time, or form a union.

3:00 pm: meet in Downtown Crossing (across from Macy’s)
3:30 pm: bands and fans scatter to nearby establishments refusing to pay a living wage
4:30 pm: bands converge back at Downtown Crossing, then parade up to Boston Common (at Park St. T stop) for a final “HONK! for $15″ jam

For more information, visit: http://honkfest.org/honkfor15/ or RSVP on Facebook

#honkfor15

September 28, 2014 - 11:51pm

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to 98 housekeepers from the Boston area who were fired five years ago & replaced by outsourced workers who were paid lower wages. The settlement could give workers as much as $40,000. The workers, outraged over unknowingly training those who would become their replacements, organized rallies and boycotts and quickly gained community support. 

 

From an article in the Boston Globe:

Wanda Rosario, 62, who worked at the Hyatt Regency Boston for 24 years, does not yet know the amount of her settlement, but she hoped it would be enough to help her move out of her rent-subsidized apartment in East Boston and buy a house. Rosario has been working at the Boston Park Plaza for more than four years and said that the money will help “close the circle.”

But she warned that if Hyatt opens another non-union hotel in Boston, the company should be prepared for more protests: “They’re going to see me in front of their hotel to try and put a union there.”

September 18, 2014 - 4:08pm

An East Boston commercial cleaning, maintenance and janitorial service company has been ordered to pay more than $750,000 in restitution and penalties for violations of the Massachusetts prevailing wage laws, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on September 17th.  

“This subcontractor unlawfully deducted wages from its employees for benefits, but did not make contributions to the appropriate funds,” AG Coakley said. “Workers are entitled to all of the wages that they earn under the law. These violations not only undercut workers, but also competitive businesses that play by the rules.” 

In 2011, the Attorney General’s Office received a complaint from the SEIU Local 615 that employees of Star Services, Inc., a subcontractor of ABM Janitorial Services under its contract to provide cleaning services at Massachusetts Convention Center Authority facilities in Boston, were having deductions taken from their pay for contributions to the funds which were not being remitted to the funds.

Under Massachusetts wage and hour laws, workers who provide cleaning and maintenance services at buildings owned or rented by the Commonwealth must be paid a prevailing wage that may include deductions for health, welfare and pension fund benefits. However, if there are no payments to such funds, the law requires that payments be made directly to the worker.  

Through its investigation the AG’s Office determined that, from March 2012 through September 2013, Star Services took more than $959,000 in deductions from 160 workers for health, welfare and pension fund contributions that were never made. 

ABM terminated the Star Services contract and has agreed to pay $300,000 towards restitution to the Star Services employees and the pension fund. The citations order Star Services and its president, Anthony Portillo, to pay the more than $660,000 owed to the workers and penalties.

This matter was handled by Fair Labor Division Chief Matthew Berge, Deputy Chief Amy Goyer, and Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Cotter with investigative assistance from Fair Labor Investigator Jennifer Pak.

September 16, 2014 - 11:31pm

We need your help! Earned sick time makes workers healthier, more productive, and more loyal to their employers, but still 1 million workers in Massachusetts don't have access to sick time. But you can help change that.

All workers deserve earned sick time. 

 

Got some time -- even an hour a week -- to make it happen?

 

E-mail gillian@massjwj.net to find out how you can help Mass. JwJ with canvassing, or call 617-524-8778 if you have any questions.

August 29, 2014 - 1:49pm
Market Basket workers have secured the return of their preferred corporate leader by standing together in unprecedented collective actions. These workers showed that the real value of any company is not held in stocks, but in the dedication and hard work of its workforce.

 

 Market Basket workers and their families have made tremendous sacrifices, and proved that when they stand together, they have the power to move mountains.

 

 Massachusetts Jobs with Justice has stood in solidarity with Market Basket workers, from rallies to helping raise a solidarity fund to help laid-off workers. Ultimately, the only way to ensure fair wages, respect on the job, and decent benefits is through a union contract that protects the rights of workers. As Market Basket workers negotiate the terms of their return to work, we will continue to offer our solidarity and our support. 
August 7, 2014 - 11:39am

Fun for the Whole Family! 
Free food, Workshops, Raffles & Prices, Free health screenings, entertainment

@ Carson Beach (Mother's Rest Area) & Boston Teacher's Union, 180 Mt Vernon Street in Dorchester, MA
Take the red line to JFK or park at 180 Mt. Vernon Street. 

Don't miss in sharing this exciting date with your whole family and community! 

For more information, call 617-284-1143, or email WageAction@gmail.com.

We advocate together! We have fun together!


FERIA COMUNITARIA DE #WAGEACTION
Comida libre de costo • Talleres • Rifas & Premios • Evaluaciones de salud gratuitas • Entretenemiento

¡Ponemos la “unidad” en “comunidad”!

¡Juntos, celebraremos a nuestras familias y comunidades! Disfruten de un día divertido con entretenimiento, comida gratuita, talleres de
estilo de vida, juegos y mucho más. No se pierda la oportunidad de compartir este día entusiasmante con toda su familia y comunidad! Para obtener más información, llame al 617-284-1143
o envíe un mensaje electrónico a wageaction@gmail.com
¡Defendemos nuestros derechos juntos! ¡Nos divertimos juntos!

sábado 16 de agosto
De 12pm a 6pm
en Carson Beach
(Sector de descanso para madres)
180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA
Tome la línea roja a JFK o estacione en 180 Mt. Vernon Street.
¡Diversión para toda la familia! WAGEACTION.ORG


適合全家的活動
免費食物-意見交流-抽獎游戲
免費健康檢查-娛樂節目

八月十六日,星期六 時間中午十二時至六時
地點: Carson Beach (母親休息區)和波士頓教師工會
乘坐紅線到JFK站再走8分鐘或駕車者可泊在
180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester再步行10分鐘

與家人、社區一起慶祝
享受有趣的一天,娛樂,免費食物,交流活動,
更多的游戲和活動。不要錯過這個與你家人和社區同樂的難得機會!
欲知詳情,請聯絡華人前進會 617-357-4499 (請致電余小姐安排車接送)
我們一起推動!我們一起同享!

July 29, 2014 - 8:47pm

Today, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that McDonalds is a co-employer, along with its franchisers, of McDonald's workers. Throughout the efforts to organize and the Fight for $15, McDonald's has stated that they are not responsible for setting employees' wages, pointing the finger instead at franchise owners. Today's ruling will have huge implications for the campaign to organize fast food workers in Boston and across the country. More importantly, it is a direct result of workers organizing and fighting back against corporations who refuse to take responsibility for injustices against workers! 

July 7, 2014 - 8:50pm

On July 2nd, Massachusetts passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, after 4 years of hard work and campaigning by domestic workers, organizations, and community partners. Massachusetts is the 4th state in the U.S. to have a Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights! Congratulations to the domestic workers and partners who worked hard on this!

 

Check out video coverage here.

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