Subscribe to News
May 6, 2015 - 12:58pm

The House cut $337,000 of the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) budget put forward by Governor Baker.
Funding is urgently needed to enact new OSHA protections for state employees, and ensure that DLS continues its life-saving work protecting vulnerable workers, such as temporary workers.
The Commonwealth spends over $40 million each year in Workers' Comp costs – in addition to the pain and suffering of those injured on the job and the families of fallen workers.
Can we afford to have more workers injured or killed on the job?

 Today, please call your state senator and urge the Senate to put forward a budget that provides full funding for the Department of Labor Standards (line item 7003-0200)
Who to call:  Your state senator: 
What to say:In June, 2014, the legislature passed a law extending safety and health measures to executive branch employees, a groundbreaking step to preventing injury, illness and death for the Commonwealth’s workforce. 

In order to be successful, the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) needs to have the resources to implement and enforce the new law.  

Budget line item 7003-0200 provides $500,000 to enable DLS to implement this new law – averting painful and costly injuries, illnesses and death.
Will Senator ___________ ask Senate Ways and Means Chair Spilka to include this funding in the Senate budget?
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:
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. 
Close-up of college graduates' hats with dollar amounts of debt depicted on them
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

Tweet it @massjwj or email to 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
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!