Our Mass. JwJ annual dinner will be held on April 2nd from 6 pm - 9 pm! Stay tuned for more details.
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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
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.
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!
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.
RSVP on Facebook
Contact Melonie Griffiths for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or 617-318-8670
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
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.”
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.