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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)
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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.

July 7, 2014 - 8:31pm
Join Lower Roxbury  Coalition, Dorchester Cares, &  Mass. Jobs with Justice for our bootcamp! Meet youth from our neighborhoods, eat good food and have fun at the lake. Learn about how we can become leaders, fight for social justice, and bring less violence and more peace to the  world. 
Friday, July 5th from 9:00 a.m. - 5: 00 p.m. For more information, check out the flyer below (attached flyer) or contact Lily at 617-599-6785 or lily@massjwj.net
June 23, 2014 - 5:19pm

Just last month, government regulators fined student loan provider Sallie Mae $97 million plus restitution for overcharging student borrowers, but the US Department of Education still refuses to end its contract with the company, placing debtors at risk of further exploitation. 


Join us on Wednesday, June 25 to put Sallie Mae and the Department of Education on trial for perpetuating the student debt crisis. Hear testimony from student debtors and help us deliver our verdict to the Department of Ed! You can RSVP here.


For more information, contact Gillian: gillian@massjwj.net or 617-524-8778

June 19, 2014 - 12:36pm

#Not1MoreDeportation Rally June 11th, Worcester City Hall

by Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez

Every day hundreds of immigrant families are split apart. Students are graduating without their mom or dad not because they are ill or pre-occupied, but because the Obama administration has deported them. There are more single parents taking their children to school not only because of escalating cases of divorce, but because our government does not want to grant deferred action to all.

Mass. Jobs with Justice recognized the need for a real, comprehensive immigration reform as well as Obama’s administrative power give Deferred Action to all immigrants and took it to organize a #Not1MoreDeportation Rally in Worcester, MA when President Obama came to town to speak at a high school graduation. Natalia Berthet, immigration rights organizer for Jobs with Justice and Cairo Mendes, leader of the Student Immigration Movement, organized the rally near Worcester Technical High School where a group of 60 gathered with frustration and hope, but most of all conviction to say “Not one more!”

Each supporter, including myself, chanted at full human lung capacity in hope that President Obama, who would be congratulating Worcester Tech High graduates, would at least notice. I held a poster a fellow co-intern made with a poignant picture of a lonesome little girl saying, “Where is my daddy?” In solidarity, other local Worcester groups held posters saying, “Stop Racist Deportation” and “Release the Families.”

About 15 people shared their stories relating to immigration, most of which brought tears to my eyes. Though all of the speakers had varying life experiences, all had one common characteristic: They are hard-working tax-payers who just want to live and work safely. They are like any other American, Canadian, or Australian human being. Gonzalez, undocumented, pointed out that despite his situation he had nothing to lose in his fight because he had already lost it all. “Last year, I lost four family members – two cousins, my aunt and my grandfather,” he said. “It’s been 13 years since I’ve seen my daughter. I had to leave her when she was 8 months old. That’s why I’m here, fighting because I’m tired of this injustice.”

While some are losing everyone in their family to the deportation epidemic, others are simultaneously recognizing the arbitrary nature of documentation and citizenship status. I was lucky enough to be born within two border lines. But we cannot leave the safety and rights of human beings to serendipity. Neither can we allow our government to be ruled by a hypocritical rhetoric which deports human beings on the basis of not having a paper, when the founders of this country were in fact undocumented themselves. We have to do anything and everything in our power to grant deferred action for all.

 

June 12th #Wage Action, Boston

by Kristen Estabrook

On June 12th, I had the honor of attending one of three rallies in Massachusetts in support of low-wage workers. In Worcester, Springfield, and Boston, workers, activists, and allies took to the streets, in an effort to raise the minimum wage. I was one of 1,000 supporters who gathered in Copley Square. As the band played “Takin’ it to the Streets,” I mingled with people young and old, workers and professionals, many holding signs and banners that read “Raise the Wage,” “#WageAction,” “Fight for $15,” and “Stand Up, Live Better,” among many others. Workers told their stories of being undervalued and undercompensated, sharing their individual experiences of suffering from 9:00 – 5:00, or other, more burdensome shifts. The crowd of us was so vast that I could not see the beginning or the end of our activist parade as we marched, and that was exciting. We took up three lanes of traffic. I felt inspired by our numbers, and by the power of unification between workers and organizers. People passing by on sidewalks paused, and shoppers and business owners gawked, leaning their foreheads against storefront windows, on first, second, third, and fourth floors. They were curious enough about our commotion that they paused their hectic days to read our signs and understand our purpose.

 

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s own Gillian Mason concluded the march with a heartening speech about fighting for change, and resisting surrender despite intimidating and oppressive institutions. I am proud to have joined fast food, retail, university, transportation, homecare, healthcare workers, and activists and volunteers from Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and similar grass-roots coalitions, making our voices heard and vocalizing our support for one another. This gives me hope. 

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