Women leading us forward!

Dear allies,

This Women’s History Month, and every month, we honor women’s fundamental role in our movements for a voice at work, a healthy environment, and dignified lives for all people. From the women mill workers of Lowell, to racial and economic justice leader Melnea Cass, to the many organizers leading our movements today, women have been fundamental to winning a better Massachusetts for working people.

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

2023 Legislative Priorities

As the MA legislative session continues, we’re committed to supporting legislation to advance transit justice, equitable child care, family-sustaining work, environmental justice, a just transition to clean energy, and more. 

Learn about the bills Community Labor United supports on our website and join our fights: MassCLU.org/Join-Our-Fights/.

Campaign Updates


MBTA riders need a low-income fare NOW! 
The Public Transit Public Good coalition is encouraged that Governor Healey has included $5 million in her budget to advance a low-income fare at the MBTA. This funding proposal is an important step forward in creating a public transit system that is accessible to all, regardless of people’s income level.

For too many Massachusetts residents, the cost of public transit is a significant financial burden, making it difficult to access basic necessities such as school, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, etc. A low-income fare will provide people with a more affordable option for transportation, allowing them to save money and improve their quality of life. By including funding for a low-income fare program in her budget, Governor Healey is helping us take the next steps to create a more safe, equitable, and accessible transportation system for all riders. We look forward to working with Governor Healey, legislators, and MBTA officials to ensure a low-income fare is available to qualified riders on all modes.

Take action to win a low-income fare with Public Transit Public Good.

News clips 

Gov. Healey proposes fare cuts for low-income MBTA riders
NBC Boston – 3/7/23
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey is taking her first steps toward fulfilling a campaign pledge to create discounted fares for low-income riders who rely on public transportation. A $5 million line item in Healey’s proposed 2024 fiscal year budget would let the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority begin laying the groundwork for a means-tested fare program.

State budget puts $1.5B toward transportation, targets MBTA hiring woes
Boston Herald – 3/1/23
Gov. Maura Healey’s first state budget does not provide funding to hire 1,000 new MBTA workers, as promised in her inaugural address, but does include resources to look into free or reduced fares and a Red-Blue Line connector.

Introducing our new staff member, Helen Barrios
Our team is expanding! Recently, Care That Works and Building Pathways welcomed Helen Barrios, the new Care That Works Program Coordinator.

Helen Barrios is a first-generation Guatemalan with a passion for community work. She brings her background in the building trades, as well as her extensive experience with young children as a Kindergarten Teacher, Nanny, and Au Pair, to our team. As our new Care That Works Program Coordinator, Helen will help us expand outreach to increase the number of families and providers offering early morning child care, a lack of which can often be a barrier to those looking to enter the trades.

We are excited to welcome Helen, and we look forward to collaborating with her to further our shared mission of diversifying the union building trades and making them a more accessible career path.


Join us: Job and Child Care Fair – Saturday, March 25, 2023
Join Care That Works (CTW) on Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Job and Child Care Fair at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury! CTW presents an event to help parents learn about careers in the union construction trades and find flexible child care options while giving child care providers an opportunity to explore union career opportunities. All attendees can learn about the CTW Pilot program that connects parents and providers to accommodate families who work in the union construction trades and those who want to gain access to careers in those industries.

All job seekers are welcome to join us at any time during the event to meet tabling union employers, experienced tradeswomen, and childcare providers. This is a free and family-friendly event; children are welcome.

Care That Works Job and Child Care Fair
Saturday, March 25 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register today!

Face painting • Arts and crafts • Lunch provided at 12 p.m. • Raffle Prize •
Construction unions and employers • Child care information • And more! 

We’re Hiring!

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.

Organizing Director, Community Labor United
Care That Works Senior Organizer, Community Labor United

Visit our website today to view all job opportunities: MassCLU.org/Careers.

Partner News

Greater Boston Labor Council: Building a shared women’s economic agenda
On International Women’s Day, we were thrilled to join the Greater Boston Labor Council, leaders, and organizers in the economic, racial, and social justice movements to build power and solidarity around a shared longer-term women’s economic agenda. By addressing the challenges faced by women, we can create a stronger, more inclusive economy that benefits everyone.

GreenRoots: Celebrating the work of Maria Belen Power
This month, we celebrated the work of GreenRoots’ Associate Executive Director María Belén Power as she transitions into her new role as Undersecretary of Environmental Justice & Equity with the Healey Administration! Her work with GreenRoots has been instrumental in advancing environmental justice in Greater Boston and beyond. We honor her accomplishments and wish her continued success on her journey.

Speak out on rent control
Working-class Boston showed up in full force to testify with tenants, City Life / Vida Urbana, Homes for All Massachusetts, Chinese Progressive Association, and more as they spoke out in support of rent control legislation! Over 280 testimonials were submitted in support of the legislation, and testimonies were given in Mandarin, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, Spanish, and English. Stay up to date with the latest rent control actions at City Life /Vida Urbana.

Boston Teachers Union Family2Family Conference
The Family2Family Conference (formerly known as Parent2Parent), will take place on Saturday, March 25. BTU’s theme this year is Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools. As we’ve all adjusted to huge changes in our lives and schools, collaborating to support students is more important than ever. This is a conference for parents, caregivers, AND educators to share and learn from each other, support family engagement, promote family advocacy, and strengthen family and educator collaboration. Register now to attend!

Family2Family Conference
Saturday, March 25 | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Clean Water Action: Check out Clean Water Action’s 2023 legislative priorities
The Massachusetts Legislature has the opportunity to protect residents, particularly children, from exposure to health-threatening toxins and pollution by passing the full Healthy Futures for All legislative package this session. These are Clean Water Action’s top priorities in 2023. Together, this group of bills will ensure that no community is left behind as we make Massachusetts cleaner, healthier, and safer for everyone in the Commonwealth.

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