On Labor Day, continuing the fight for working families

Dear allies, 

This Labor Day, we are recognizing and honoring the hard work of frontline workers across Massachusetts, who continued to show up to work as the pandemic wore on. Join us for a rally and BBQ on Labor Day, September 6 to support frontline workers and to build back better

Labor Day 2021
Frontline First: For Opportunity, Equity, and Safety
Monday, September 6, 2021
Rally [Masked event]: 11 a.m., Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston
BBQ: 12 p.m., Copley Square

*The event will follow evolving CDC and state guidelines for masking and distancing. The rally will be a masked event.*

Together, we are fighting for the rights of workers across Massachusetts and demanding that:

  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding be spent towards priorities, including housing and transit, that support frontline workers and disproportionately impacted communities. 
  • Mariott Copley publicly recalls any worker wanting to return who was unfairly fired during the pandemic and builds their renovations with local, community standards construction contractors. 
  • Big Tech pays their fair share and support the rights of gig workers.
  • Our federal legislators pass the PRO Act.

Below you will find opportunities to engage and continue the fight on many issues that affect our communities. 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.

Care That Works Coalition
This week, the Care That Works coalition spent time reconnecting with each other over food and drinks. We hope to share more details very shortly on the Care That Works campaign plan for the fall. 

Stay tuned and visit our website or follow us on Facebook for more updates!

Put the Frontline First: Invest American Rescue Plan Funding in a State Child Tax Credit
Parents can’t get back to work without child care. Until we establish universal child care, Massachusetts must use every resource available to keep families moving forward.

Care That Works is calling for a $700 million state Child Tax Credit. The coalition recommends $600 for each child ages 0-12, for families earning up to $200,000 (one filer) or $400,000 (two filers). The funds from the American Rescue Plan present the perfect opportunity to aid working families during this critical time. 

Visit the Care That Works website to read how ARP funds can help create a sustainable and equitable child care system. 

Put the Frontline First: Families Need Affordable Transit

Transit affordability is key to fulfilling the American Rescue Plan’s mandate to “deliver immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of this crisis” and supporting our state’s COVID relief and recovery effort. The Legislature can deliver transit affordability by designating $350 million in ARP funds at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Commonwealth’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities.

Visit the Public Transit Public Good website to read how ARP funds can help create an affordable and equitable transit system. 

Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights Press Briefing
On September 8, the Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights, will hold a press conference with Senator Elizabeth Warren to announce her endorsement of the Coalition and opposition to the Big Tech ballot question. We will be joined by Instacart shoppers, DoorDash delivery workers, Uber drivers, and unionized Peapod grocery delivery workers with UFCW, to highlight the harmful impacts on workers and consumers of Prop 22, and drive our anti-Big Tech message. 

Press Briefing
Wednesday, September 8 | 10 a.m.
Stop and Shop, 60 Everett St, Allston, MA 02134

Homes for All: Housing is a human right!

Communities of color and low-income people who were disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are at the greatest risk of being evicted, but our legislators still haven’t taken action to ensure an equitable housing recovery.

We are joining our partner organization, Homes for All Massachusetts, and urging Governor Baker, President Spilka, Speaker Mariano, and members of the Legislature to take action by passing the COVID-19 Housing Equity bill (H.1434/S.891). We ask that you help push this legislation forward by making a call or sending an email to your Rep and Senator and signing on to a letter of support (for organizations and officials).

Learn more at Homes for All Mass.

News: Boston issues temporary eviction moratorium

“Landlords and property owners will be barred from seeking to evict tenants in Boston under a new city-level moratorium acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Tuesday afternoon.

A copy of the order was not immediately available, but Janey’s office said it took effect immediately and ‘prohibits landlords and property owners from pursuing tenant eviction proceedings in the City of Boston.’”

Read the full article at Commonwealth Magazine.

Thank you for reading and for taking action!

In Solidarity,

Community Labor United

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