Historic investments in child care, transit equity, and environmental justice

Dear allies, 

We are at an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history, as elected leaders are making historic investments toward rebuilding our nation. Federal funding dollars are crucial building blocks, and CLU and our partners are advocating strongly that this once-in-a-generation funding is used to support affordable child care, safe and accessible public transit, green infrastructure as well as jobs and job pathways, particularly for women and people of color. It’s time to invest in the communities and sectors that need it most.

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 here to receive regular updates from CLU.

In solidarity,
Community Labor United


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CLU and our partners are seeking experienced individuals to join our teams!

If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please send them our way. Visit our website today to view all job opportunities: MassCLU.org/Careers.


Join us for the 2022 Salt of the Earth Awards
We are less than a month away from our annual Salt of the Earth Awards, where we will be honoring several leaders who have been catalysts for positive change in our communities.

Every year, Community Labor United recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of working-class families in Greater Boston and throughout the Commonwealth.

This year, we will be honoring:

• The Honorable Martin J. Walsh
• Adrian Madaro, State Representative, 1st Suffolk
• Building Pathways
• The City School

We hope that you will join us to recognize the individuals and organizations leading the way to shape an equitable future for all.

2022 Salt of the Earth Awards
Wednesday, June 29 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel, Boston
RSVP here


Campaign Updates

The Care That Works Coalition organized partners to plan for an equitable child care future 
Our event on May 21 at La Colaborativa’s office in Chelsea brought together nearly 50 attendees for an inspiring day of team building and organizing. We shared and listened and broke bread together and lifted up a powerful set of ideas and strategies to advance our core mission: child care equity.

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Fighting for ARPA funds 
Last week, The Boston City Council heard our demands to allocate federal American Rescue Plan Act funding for child care worker empowerment. The Care That Works Coalition testified on behalf of working-class parents and child care workers, including family child care providers and assistants; family, friend, and neighbor caregivers; and early education teachers who are fighting for more recognition and voice because we know that paid or unpaid, and counted or uncounted, our labor keeps communities moving forward every day.

We are calling on our elected leaders to direct these resources to child care worker-led pilots so that we can build a new system – founded not on exploitation, but on empowerment.

To learn more and stay updated with campaign activities, visit Care That Works Coalition.


Take action on transit affordability: Sign our petition
Please join us in demanding low-income transit fares across Massachusetts! Sign our petition to demand that the Massachusetts Legislature make our public transit systems equitable and accessible.
 
How can you join the fight for safe, affordable, equitable, and accessible public transit systems in Massachusetts? Sign our petition calling for:

  1. Reduced-fare programs for low-income riders on all modes.
  2. New progressive revenue measures to ensure public transit is paid for by those who have plenty, not by those who are struggling to get by. 

Our public transit systems need FAIR FUNDING, which means passing the Fair Share Amendment. This question on the November ballot in Massachusetts would create a new permanent, progressive source of revenue to help maintain our public transit systems and provide resources to fund a low-income fare. To learn more about our legislative priorities, click here!

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


Solidarity with Macy’s Workers in their fight for a fair contract
This past week, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445, Greater Boston Labor Council, and community allies joined in solidarity with Macy’s workers in their fight for a fair contract. Macy’s workers need YOUR help: Send a message that you stand with your neighborhood Macy’s workers as they negotiate a new and fair contract.
 
Macy’s workers want what we all want: a good job with the wages, benefits, and protections they need to support their families and build a career they can be proud of. But, the company’s leadership, including CEO Jeff Gennet, will not listen to workers and is refusing to give them the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve. It’s time to give back to the sales associates that make Macy’s the successful store that it has become!
 
Please consider supporting Macy’s workers by submitting a message to Macy’s leadership here.


Support Starbucks baristas and workers
After a historic strike, Boston’s Starbucks baristas and coffee workers are speaking out for better working conditions, and they need our support as they unionize to attain the working conditions they deserve. Please consider donating to the cause. Your contribution will support organizing efforts among Starbucks workers in our region and help them attain a higher quality of life.
 
To support Starbucks workers across our region, donate today!

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Join us in celebrating the Chelsea community with a free benefit concert!
The Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) is presenting a family-friendly concert featuring award trumpeter Charlie Sepúlveda this July. Speakers will include worker warriors fighting wage theft. All proceeds will go to La Colaborativa, Community Action Programs Inter-City Inc, and Chelsea Black Community.

We invite you to join GBLC in raising funds to benefit the community of Chelsea. Please consider filling out this sponsorship form by June 27 to help GBLC reach their goal and celebrate the Chelsea community!

Summer Celebration
Wednesday, July 6 | 4 p.m.
Across from 63 Sixth Street, Chelsea, MA, 02150
(Parking lot under the bridge)


GreenRoots 7th Annual Evening on the Chelsea Creek
Join GreenRoots for their 7th Annual Evening on the Chelsea Creek Fundraiser, featuring live music by Clave and Blues, food from local restaurants, and lots of dancing. For decades, GreenRoots has been on the forefront of organizing for environmental justice and waterfront access. They have always ensured that when land and water become cleaner, those most impacted by the years of environmental degradation and toxic pollution will have access to these natural resources: Our waterfront, our land, and our neighborhoods. Now, despite so much success, they are in a similar predicament and have to vacate their waterfront offices.

GreenRoots is calling on allies to support their current transition. We encourage you to attend their evening on the Creek. Visit the website to learn more about how you can donate.

7th Annual Evening on the Creek
Friday, June 17 | 6 – 9 p.m.
227 Marginal St, Ste 1, Chelsea MA, 02150
Purchase tickets today


In Case You Missed It!

Chelsea is not a sacrifice zone!
On Thursday, our partners at GreenRoots, Chelsea community members, and allies demanded action to stop asbestos and air pollution in Chelsea during a community meeting with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Our environmental justice communities deserve answers and restitution! We must stand up and speak out to protect people and our environment and ensure that our communities are never put at risk from hazardous construction materials again.

Take action and fill out GreenRoots’ survey on pollution in Chelsea and East Boston here.


Boston Teachers Union urges state education commissioner to dismantle Boston Public School receivership
The Boston Teachers union scored a victory last week when the state education commissioner declined to put the Boston Public Schools under state receivership, although a final decision is pending. Students, teachers, and members of their own community deserve to have a voice in their school system. The people who are closest to the issue are closest to the solution. It’s time to listen and invest in resources, not receivership.

“We are glad that the Commissioner did not recommend receivership today, and that we were able to avert a potentially disastrous recommendation that would be seen as a hostile state takeover of our schools,” said Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang.

Read BTU president Jessica Tang’s full statement at Boston Teachers Union.


Action to ensure ARPA funds help create affordable housing
This past week, Neighbor to Neighbor, Lynn United for Change, housing and social justice organizations, and allies in Lynn, Massachusetts united together to urge state officials to allocate $29 million in federal ARPA money for affordable housing. In any circumstance, everyone should be able to make a home in Massachusetts. Together, we can win commonsense solutions that ensure we all can afford to stay in our homes while having enough to care for our families. Take the pledge to support housing for all!

To learn more about our partner’s efforts on justice, visit Neighbor To Neighbor.

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