Friday, February 1, 2013
The contract includes a retroactive pay raise dating back to 2010.
The city of Somerville and the Somerville Municipal Employees Association held a signing ceremony earlier this week after members of the union agreed to a new six-year contract with the city, according to an announcement from the mayor's office. The Somerville Municipal Employees Association represents about 250 city employees, including Department of Public Works workers, library workers, school nurses, non-school custodians, information technology workers and clerical workers. The union's three collective bargaining units, A, B and D (there is no Unit C) and the city agreed on a contract that covers a six-year term from 2010 to 2016, the announcement says. As part of the agreement, workers will get a 14 percent wage increase, …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Matthew McLaughlin, President of Save Our Somerville and Chair of Somerville Community Corporation, submitted this open letter to the developer of the MaxPac apartment complex to argue the need for union and local workers to be hired at the site.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Submitted by Matthew McLaughlin-- Dear Mr. Tobin, I am writing on behalf of the many struggling working class families in Somerville who would be proud to help you develop the former MaxPac factory. You missed the last few Board of Aldermen hearings, but you may have read in the papers and seen at the site that our numbers continue to grow. Hundreds of Somerville residents are fighting for the union jobs and Somerville jobs that you agreed upon in the covenant with the city. At every opportunity you say that you are “in negotiations” with the building trades. But you have yet to acknowledge our demand of jobs for Somerville residents. This perplexes us as Local Hiring is the easiest demand for you to fulfill that would turn you from a …
Monday, February 28, 2011
On Saturday, hundreds gathered on Beacon Hill to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip his state’s workers of their collective bargaining rights--a move he said is necessary to reduce the state’s projected $137 million budget deficit.
It's been five years since Chris Hoeh of Jamaica Plain was last in Wisconsin. But on Saturday, Massachusetts felt like home for this Badger state native as he joined hundreds of protestors in Boston to rally in support of Wisconsin state workers, who are fighting to keep their collective bargaining rights. “That is an essential right of the citizens of the United States,” said Hoeh, donning a Cheesehead hat and a University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey jersey. Somerville residents join nationwide action Protesters gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House as part of a nationwide action. According to the New York Times, tens of thousands of pro-union demonstrators turned out in state capitals across the country including an …