Celebrating the change in our communities

Dear allies,

From the FMCB promising to reverse the MBTA cuts to the vote count beginning in the Alabama Amazon workers’ union drive, the past two weeks have seen important moments of change for our cities, our state, and for our nation. Join us in taking a moment to celebrate this progress, while recognizing that the road to recovery is long and there is much work for us to do. 

We congratulate former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on his confirmation earlier this month by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of Labor in the Biden-Harris administration. Secretary Walsh, who has a decades-long history in the labor movement and was head of the Greater Boston Building Trades Union, is a fierce ally of working-class families and has pledged to protect worker’s rights and improve our access to well-paying jobs. 

With his confirmation, we also congratulate Mayor Kim Janey for writing a new chapter in Boston’s history as its first female and Black mayor. We are excited to see new days in Boston under her leadership. We look forward to working together to recover from this pandemic, restore our communities from the aftermath, and build on our successes. 

Indeed, it’s an exciting time for workers. Nearly 6,000 Amazon employees in Bessemer, Alabama, voted this week on whether to form a union — a first at the retail giant. The results of the election likely won’t be available for several days, but if successful, it could trigger a wave of increased union activity and growing strength.

Below, you will find opportunities to engage and continue the fight on many issues that affect our communities. Please help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook posts as well as following and retweeting us on Twitter. You can also receive regular updates from CLU by signing up on our website.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic collapse, our partners stepped up to aid the communities we live in and provide the much-needed assistance at a time of crisis. This year, we recognize their hard work, honor their contributions and salute their grit to help our communities heal and keep them moving forward. Save the date for our virtual 2021 Salt of the Earth Awards and fundraiser to commemorate their efforts.

Save The Date
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 6 p.m.
More details to follow

FMCB votes to reverse the MBTA cuts
After escalating opposition from the Public Transit Public Good Coalition and our allies, the MBTA will restore the COVID-19 service cuts that were put in place across all modes during the coronavirus pandemic. This is a major victory for frontline workers and working-class communities who rely on public transit to get to their jobs, medical appointments, and perform other critical tasks. Read the Public Transit Public Good’s full statement on this development here.

Op-ed: Essential workers need child care support
In a recent op-ed for the Commonwealth Magazine, Eunicia Gomes and Marie Menard have highlighted the work of essential workers and their struggle to find reliable child care during the pandemic. Read and share this op-ed to demand that the State provide direct financial assistance now. 

Now Hiring: Care That Works Pilot Program Coordinator
Our Care That Works coalition is looking for a Pilot Coordinator to assist with the ongoing work of making our nonstandard hour child care pilot program a success. This is a 1-year position, 20 hours a week, with the potential of staying on longer. View the job description and apply now. 

GreenRoots’ Maria Belen Power Appointed to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Congratulations to Maria Belen Power, Associate Executive Director of GreenRoots, on her appointment to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. We have worked with Maria Belen on a number of campaigns and believe that she will well represent the needs of our communities. 

MCRA 2021 Story Collection
Since the beginning of COVID-19, essential workers have been struggling to stay afloat, whether it regarded child care, housing, or public education – all while urging the MA legislature to provide a more equitable reopening plan. The Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Alliance would like to capture the stories of those directly impacted and affected by COVID-19. Join against the fight today and tell by sharing your story of how COVID-19 has affected your life, family, and/or employment.

Matahari: Vaccine Access for all Domestic Workers
Significantly, a majority of domestic workers are women of color, and we have seen in Massachusetts how immigrant communities of color have been the state’s hardest-hit during COVID-19. Join the Matahari Workers’ Center by taking action and signing their letter to urge Governor Baker to call for the inclusion of ALL domestic workers in Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination rollout.

32BJ SEIU: Tell American Airlines to Hire a Responsible Contractor at Boston Logan Airport!
The fight for good jobs at Logan Airport does not stop with the recent unionizing of workers and 32BJ SEIU needs your help. Superior employees like Bouchra deserve fairness in layoffs and recalls a voice at work about hours and safety, and the respect that comes with a union. Fill out the form to send an urgent message to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines President Robert Isom. 

Thank you for reading and taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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