Ensure equity and opportunity with federal funding

Dear allies, 

Innovative child care, accessible transit, and equitable systems should be at the forefront of shaping our country. With the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act we are one step closer to achieving justice for all, including working families who are continuously affected. To continue our efforts, we must organize locally and nationally to advocate for federal funding that will advance the public good. We encourage you to join us in advocating for federal funding that will create well-paying union jobs, training for our future workforce, accessible public transit, and innovative child care programs.

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

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United


CLU and our Partners Are Hiring!

Director of Operations, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

Assistant Director
, Chinatown Community Land Trust

Transit Justice Organizer
, GreenRoots

Communications Director
, City Life / Vida Urbana

Director
, Homes for All Mass

Capacity Building Director
, Chinese Progressive Association
Office Manager and Events Coordinator, Chinese Progressive Association

Organizing Director
, Community Labor United 

Finance & Operations Coordinator
, PowerSwitch Action

Creative Lead
, PowerSwitch Action

Communications Manager
, PowerSwitch Action

SAVE THE DATE: 2022 Salt of the Earth Awards, June 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Please join us for our annual Salt of the Earth awards on June 29, 2022. During this event, we will recognize individuals and organizations advocating and fighting for working families throughout the region. These awards are an essential opportunity to celebrate those who are catalysts for change in our communities and to honor their dedication in shaping a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

We hope you’ll save the date and stay tuned for further details!

2022 Salt of the Earth Awards
Wednesday, June 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Save the Date! Low-Income Fare Press Conference on April 25
Join the Public Transit Public Good Coalition and Transit Is Essential for an in-person press conference. Riders, MBTA workers, and transit advocates will be joined by elected officials, including City of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu! United in our support for affordable transit at the MBTA and RTAs, we are calling on Beacon Hill and the MBTA to make reduced fares a reality for riders who are struggling to get by. 

Low-Income Fare Rally
Monday, April 25 | 12:00 p.m.
Park St. MBTA Station, Boston, MA 02108

Learn more and sign our petition at Public Transit Public Good.
Follow @PTPGCoalition on Twitter to stay updated with the latest information.


Care That Works Pilot program to be featured in United States Department of Labor Webinar
On April 26, the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and the Worker Institute at Cornell will be holding a webinar to explore the intersection of equity and the child care economy, and to reimagine a child care system that meets the needs of families, while treating child care workers with dignity. 

We are excited to announce that the Care That Works pilot program will be highlighted during this discussion to uplift innovative and existing models of practice from around the United States and showcase how local and state actors have successfully implemented equity and job creation.

Equity in Focus: Investing in Child Care Careers
Tuesday, April 26 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Register today

For more information, contact workerinstitute@cornell.edu.


MassCOSH: Workers’ Memorial Day
Join MassCOSH, workers, families and advocates for a day of remembrance, healing, and action. On April 28, we will honor workers who were killed, injured, or suffered from illness on the job and press for strong workplace health and safety protections for all workers so that one day this event will no longer be needed.

We encourage families to bring enlarged photos of your loved one, or send a photo to MassCOSH to enlarge them. Please email jazmin@masscosh.org for more details.

Workers’ Memorial Day
Thursday, April 28 | 12:00 p.m.
In front of the State House (Rain or Shine)
RSVP here


Mark Your Calendars: Green Justice Coalition’s #LetUsBreathe Virtual Rally 2022
On May 3 at 5:00 p.m., join the Green Justice Coalition and allies for our annual virtual rally on Asthma Justice! In Massachusetts, low-income and communities of color have a high prevalence of asthma and are disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. Now more than ever, we need to fight for clean air, affordable transit, and equitable legislation that will address our health and environmental concerns. This free event will bring to light the expertise of health professionals, legislators, and inspiring grassroots leaders who are working to improve the health of Massachusetts’ Environmental Justice Communities. Learn how you can take action on these intersecting issues on World Asthma Day!

#LetUsBreathe Virtual Rally 2022
Tuesday, May 3 | 5:00 p.m.
Register today


In Case You Missed It!

Op-ed: MBTA riders need a low-income fare
Darlene Lombos, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council and Mela Bush-Miles, Transit-Oriented Development Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, penned an op-ed in response to a public hearing proposal to implement an extra $3 surcharge on Charlie Cards. Authors emphasize the damaging implications that this policy will have for riders who rely on public transportation the most.

We need a low-income transit fare in Boston. However, new proposed changes to fare collection would lead us in the opposite direction — away from greater equity and towards a less accessible transportation system, harming the very riders that need it most…

…A low-income fare is within reach. If the MBTA is serious about equity and about meeting the needs of riders, the board and executives will not approve a new Charlie Card fee before a plan for a low-income fare is firmly in place.

Read the full op-ed at The Bay State Banner.


Mass Renews Alliance Capital Chats: Interview With Senator Edward Markey
Watch Mass Renews Alliance’s Capital Chat with Senator Markey uplifting the need for robust investments toward transformative climate justice initiatives. When our communities’ lives are at stake, conversations like these must happen. We are inspired by the vision our partners bring to the table, and we stand behind their efforts.

Watch the interview today!


GreenRoots: Boston District 1 City Council Candidate Forum on Environmental Justice
Last week, the Environmental League of Massachusetts and GreenRoots held a forum to discuss key environmental issues with Boston City Council District 1 candidates, Gabriela Coletta and Tania Del Rio. We encourage you to watch the recording to learn more about these candidates and their plans for climate action.

Watch the recording here!


Rally Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Common Start Coalition
Last week, the Common Start Coalition organized a rally to celebrate the past, present, and future milestones of Common Start. Demonstrators called for affordable early education and child care so that a stronger future for every child is possible. 

Learn more at WBZ.


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Join us on June 29 for our Annual Salt of the Earth Awards