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Special Notice: Central Labor Council recommends Jim Durkin,Sam Poulton, and Patricia Commane in their run for 3 delagate seats from the the 3rd congressional district April 9th at 1 PM at MCC

The MVCLC has interviewed and recommend 3 local labor friendly candidates who have asked for our support. 

The Verizon Standoff and the Future of Labor, Communication and Privacy

On August 1, 2015, the IBEW and CWA contract with Verizon expired. However, unlike previous years, they decided to not strike, a move meant to undermine the company’s hiring and housing of scabs. This is a labor struggle that will have a major impact on the entire labor movement. “I think the days of the short strike is over. Verizon wants to break the union and is willing to overwork lower levels of management in the process,” said Dan Murphy, a retired member of the union. But it also could impact customer service for one of the biggest telephone, internet, and television providers in America as well as basic issues of privacy. 

 

Workers in the dark on talks between FairPoint, unions

Workers in the dark during ongoing mediated talks between FairPoint, unions

 

FairPoint Internet Outage This Morning Follows Failures of 911, Police and Fire Systems

Company’s union workers say that such outages could be common in the future if FairPoint pushes through outsourcing plans

Service outages at FairPoint have spiked since company hired out-of-state contractors to replace skilled and experienced workforce

Latest breakdown at FairPoint follows failure of Vermont’s 911 network, and outages in emergency responder systems in Portsmouth, Exeter, etc.

Wave of Actions by FairPoint Strikers Continues Friday in Manchester

Manchester protest marks the third major action by FairPoint strikers in two days, following events Thursday in Montpelier and Boston

2014 Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Union Rights to Information Bob Schwartz

 Bob Schwartz training: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Union Rights to Information

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 6 to 9pm

Alumni Hall, North Campus, UMass Lowell

 

 

AFT members respond en masse to Time's rotten cover!

One rotten apple at Time magazine—specifically, the cover of an upcoming issue about teacher tenure—is generating lots of anger and activism among AFT members and our friends and allies

Southwick Workers Rally for a Fair Contract

On October 1 about one hundred garment workers at Southwick Clothing in Haverhill, MA  had an after work rally. The workers, members of NEJB Local 187, are currently in negotiations with Southwick, a factory owned by Brooks Brothers that makes high quality menswear. Workers have been negotiating with the company for months but Brooks Brothers refuses to back away from its position of eliminating the current pension plan. In response the union has made creative proposals, even going as far as to offer a unique union pension plan that would limit the company’s liability and costs. To date the workers have been met by a brick wall from the company. Workers are now standing up to protect their pensions and fight for fair wages.

At the rally workers explained why having a strong pension is important to them. “It’s about fairness. Workers at Southwick have had the security of a pension for many years now”, said Stephen O’Connor a 6 year clean-up worker and negotiating committee member. “The company wants to take that away to save a dollar. This benefit has helped make these jobs good jobs. It’s helped establish Southwick as a reputable and iconic company.”

Workers from all departments, all crafts, and from dozens of countries rallied together with the same message: “FAIR CONTRACT, STRONG PENSION, NOW!”

 

- See more at: http://www.nejb.us/2014/10/southwick-workers-rally-for-a-fair-contract/#sthash.uAApOcAz.dpuf

On October 1 about one hundred garment workers at Southwick Clothing in Haverhill, MA  had an after work rally. The workers, members of NEJB Local 187, are currently in negotiations with Southwick, a factory owned by Brooks Brothers that makes high quality menswear. Workers have been negotiating with the company for months but Brooks Brothers refuses to back away from its position of eliminating the current pension plan. In response the union has made creative proposals, even going as far as to offer a unique union pension plan that would limit the company’s liability and costs. To date the workers have been met by a brick wall from the company. Workers are now standing up to protect their pensions and fight for fair wages.

At the rally workers explained why having a strong pension is important to them. “It’s about fairness. Workers at Southwick have had the security of a pension for many years now”, said Stephen O’Connor a 6 year clean-up worker and negotiating committee member. “The company wants to take that away to save a dollar. This benefit has helped make these jobs good jobs. It’s helped establish Southwick as a reputable and iconic company.”

Workers from all departments, all crafts, and from dozens of countries rallied together with the same message: “FAIR CONTRACT, STRONG PENSION, NOW!”

 

- See more at: http://www.nejb.us/2014/10/southwick-workers-rally-for-a-fair-contract/#sthash.uAApOcAz.dpuf

On October 1 about one hundred garment workers at Southwick Clothing in Haverhill, MA  had an after work rally.

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