2017 Municipal Candidate Questionnaire

If you are running for municipal office in the North Shore and would like to seek endorsement from the North Shore Labor Council, please fill out and return the questionnaire to Katie Cohen at northshorelaborcouncil@gmail.com or 112 Exchange St, Lynn MA 01901

For Lynn municipal elections, please return the questionnaire by June 10.
For other municipalities, please return the questionnaire by AUGUST 14th <-- NEW DATE!

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Help Stamp out Hunger on May 13

Lynn letter carriers from Branch 7 and Branch 25, both members of the North Shore Labor Council, are passionate about raising neighborhood donations in the nation’s largest single-day food drive! The National Association of Letter Carriers has organized their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Number 25 to help replenish local food banks all over America. Last year’s 24th annual NALC food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of non-perishable food!

To contribute to this extraordinary food drive, put non-perishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 13.  Your letter carrier will see that it gets delivered to a local food bank. In Lynn, food donations will go to the Lynn Hunger Network and My Brother’s Table.

Nearly 49 million Americans -1 in 6 – are unsure where their next meal is coming from.  Sadly, this includes 13 million children and 5 million seniors. So let’s heed the Letter Carriers’ call to help the working poor, the homeless, and anyone who needs food from pantries and shelters. We can serve our underserved communities and restock food bank shelves before summer.

Once again “Labor Leads the Way,” thanks to the NALC, USPS, AFL-CIO, UFCW, and other food drive partners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Former Slave Organized the First May Day Strike

As we get closer to the fervor of May Day, 2017, let’s pause for a moment of historical reflection. ” No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair also known as the Haymarket Strike. It began with a rally on May 1, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today,” wrote William Adelman for the Illinois Labor History Society.

In 1884, two  years before the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions began the nationwide movement to make enforcement of an eight-hour workday, organizers were preparing for demonstrations.

Lucy Parsons and her husband, Albert Parsons, were two of the prominent organizers. Lucy was born a slave in Texas. Her heritage was a mixture of African-American, Native American, and Mexican descent. She worked for the Freedman’s Bureau after the Civil War, prior to moving to Chicago after she married Albert. Once there she focused on writing and organizing women sewing workers.

She and others organized rallies and staged a peaceful march of 35,000 workers on May 2nd. The next day the march and protests turned violent when policemen attacked the remaining 200 people. Lucy Parsons had just left the protest march when someone threw a bomb into the crowd, killing one officer. During the mayhem, six more police were killed, along with four other striking workers.

Rain fell  that day during the Haymarket Massacre.

Even if it rains on May Day, 2017, let’s remember that a woman, a former slave, led a major labor movement leading to better conditions for all workers.

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Raise up Massachusetts: Progress as Resistance Conference

You won’t want to miss this dynamic conference at UMass Boston on Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. Activists and organizations across Mass will be coming together to move forward a progressive agenda. Join us as we face the issues plaguing our communities: economic, racial, social, and immigrant injustice. Learn how to become part of campaigns that are fighting back and winning!

This event will feature briefings about how activists can engage in our campaigns and other allied progressive issues against the Trump administration. The Fight for $15 minimum wage, the Fair Share Amendment, labor rights, ending mass incarceration, Jobs not Jails, protecting public education, immigrants’ rights, and Safe/Sanctuary Cities will be covered.  Read more…

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Resist the Corporate Agenda!

In 2016 we took on the billionaires on Question #2 and voted a resounding NO to lifting the cap on Charter Schools. And we Won! 

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is holding its annual dinner on Thursday, April 20th at 6:00pm in Quincy at the 1199SEIU Union Hall on 108 Myrtle Street. Join us for an evening of food, drink, and inspiration, as we celebrate the victories of the past year. Yet we must keep the resistance moving forward and escalate instead.

If you wish to attend the dinner, please call Gillian at 617-470-7409 or email gillian@massjwj.net for more information. Our space is wheelchair accessible. Let us know if you need other accommodations. Read more…

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Labor Network for Sustainability Climate March in DC

Speak up for a healthy planet and good jobs!

Join the Labor Network for Sustainability during the People’s Climate March on April 29th in our nation’s capitol!  LNS is working to create a powerful voice within organized labor to advocate for good jobs through a just transition to a climate-safe, worker-friendly economy.

Before the march: Friday, April 28 at 7:00pm. Reception with friends and colleagues to build the labor network. Read more…

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“Everyone is Welcome Here ” A Community Event

How do you respond when you hear kids and parents express fears about their status and safety? As a parent, teacher, or service provider, what can you do to be of assistance?

On Tuesday, April 25th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm,  a presentation, conversations, and workshops will help us share our experiences, learn to use tools and resources,  and ask questions about how to support youth and families impacted by immigration threats. Our goal is to create a more welcoming community for EVERYONE!

Come to 112  Exchange Street, Lynn and arrive  at 6.00 for free pizza and beverages. The presentation will start at 6:30. Childcare and Translation will be provided. Spread the word and bring a friend.

Sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the North Shore Labor Council with Mass Education Justice Alliance.

To RSVP, please call Katie Cohen (781) 595-2538 for more information or email: northshorelaborcouncil@gmail.com

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Workers Memorial Day April 28

Mourn for the Dead. Fight for the Living! Decades of struggle by working people and their unions have improved working conditions and made jobs safer. More than four decades ago Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.  After years of struggle, unions continued to win new rules, such as a stronger coal dust standard for miners and anti-retaliation protections for workers who report job injuries.

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