A NOTE ABOUT PUBLIC MEETINGS & CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES:  Men and women are requested to avoid wearing scented personal products when attending these meetings. Scents trigger adverse responses in those with chemical sensitivities. Note that many workers develop chemical sensitivities on the job.

 

Now

      YWCA WORKERS DESERVE A RAISE!

      Please support United Auto Workers Local 2322 members employed at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts by contacting the Executive Director and Board President and telling them to give their workers a raise. Exec Dir Mary Johnson is at (413) 732-3121 x101 and mrj@ywworks.org, also info@ywworks.org. President of the Board of Directors Lt. C. Lee Bennett is at clbennett@springfieldpolice.net.  

      YWCA workers have been in contract negotiations since May, and the YWCA has said they “cannot afford” any raise at all for the workers who perform the vital services the organization is known for and Johnson loves to brag about. However, the UAW’s review of YWCA financial records shows the YWCA had $593,000 in unrestricted funds as of March 31, 2008. And Johnson has claimed in her annual report that the YWCA has operated at a surplus for the last 24 years. There has been enough money so that she and other members of the YWCA upper management have received substantial raises annually. In fact Johnson received a 19% raise in fiscal year ending (FYE) 2006 and a 7.8% in FYE 2007 bringing her total salary to $129,303. That does not include her “benefits” package of $8,669 for FYE 2007. Additionally, the YWCA has spent in excess of $200,000 over the last several years in lawyer’s fees to a known antiunion law firm to fight their workers’ rights to a union.

      Info: Ron Patenaude, President, UAW 2322, 534-7600, uaw2322@uaw2322.org, www.somethingaboutmaryjohnson.com.

 

Now

����� JOIN THE VOTE NO ON 1 CAMPAIGN

         Visit our website  – sign up on the e-mail list and take the pledge.

         Grab a site badge/sticker to place on your website.  They are at http://votenoma.com/stamps.html.

         Ask five friends to join - ask friends, family members, and neighbors to go to the website, sign up on the email list and take the pledge. 

         Download "The Fact Sheet" at http://votenowquestionone.com/files.php?name=votenoma-facts.pdf.

         You can print it and hand it out at meetings, put it in mailers, etc.

 

Friday October 10 (Second Friday)

      STREET HEAT - THE AFL-CIO MOBILIZATION COMMITTEE

      9:30-11am, AFL-CIO Hall, 640 Page Blvd, near corner of Osborne Ter, across the street from the old Westinghouse, Springfield. On the agenda: Vote No on Question 1! Election 2008! YWCA! Postal Privatization! Jackson Lewis Coming to Springfield! Your Organizing! Community and labor activists are urged to attend. Info, send agenda items to: Jon Weissman, 732-7970, street_heat@pvaflcio.org.

 

Friday October 10

ARISE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE OPEN HOUSE

4-7pm, 467 State St, Springfield. Info: 734-4948, arise@riseup.net.

 

Friday October 10

“FINDING OUR VOICES: STORIES OF AMERICAN DISSENT”

7-9pm, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street (behind Woodstar Caf�), Northampton. Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq and Dream Catcher Films Inc present this documentary (www.findingourvoices.com) of unforgettable portraits of eight people whose lives were turned upside down by 9/11 and the Iraq War. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Holly Stadler. Info: American Friends Service Committee, 584-8975, afsc@crocker.com.

 

October 10-12

TEACHING, LEARNING, LEADING: A MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE SUMMIT ON EDUCATION FOR K-12 & COLLEGE EDUCATORS

A FOCUS ON THE STRUGGLE IN OAXACA

Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mount Holyoke College, Rt 116, South Hadley (http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/assets/comm/campus_map_small.pdf). Educators, social activists, and anyone with a stake in struggles for social justice are invited. Mount Holyoke College’s Alumnae Association and Weissman Center for Leadership host a gathering of educators, educational policy-makers, and administrators. They welcome colleagues and neighbors, especially those in education and social justice movements, to join them for the following events:

Friday, 7:30pm: Leaders in the Classroom: Learning from Caring and Courageous Teachers. Keynote address by Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, & Culture, School of Education, UMass Amherst.

Saturday, 7pm: Documentary: “Granito de Arena” (Grain of Sand), the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers in Oaxaca, Mexico, whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle for social and economic justice, a struggle especially important to Oaxaca's indigenous children. Award-winning Seattle filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend the country's public education system from the devastating impacts of economic globalization. Followed by commentary and discussion of Teachers as Leaders of Social Reform in Oaxaca and in the US. Join moderator Harold Garrett-Goodyear, film producer Jill Freidberg, and Fernando Soberanes and Beatriz Guti�rrez,* two of the Oaxacan teachers who have given eloquent voice to the goals of teachers in resistance, for discussion of the film and of their struggle for social justice.

Sunday, 1pm: Documentary: “Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad” - internationally award-winning documentary by Corrugated Films captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged in the summer of 2006 when tens of thousands of school teachers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca — along with hundreds of members of local indigenous communities — took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using these media outlets to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.

*Fernando Soberanes and Beatriz Gutierrez have generously agreed to spend Thursday and Friday, October 9 & 10, in the Pioneer Valley, in order to meet and exchange ideas with educators and social activists in our communities here. If you would like to know their itinerary on those days and perhaps join them at one of several events now being planned, or for more information about the Summit, please contact Harold Garrett-Goodyear, 538-2451, hgarrett@mtholyoke.edu.

 

Saturday October 11

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST - BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

����� 11am, Boston Common, Beacon & Charles Sts. On October 11 2002, Congress approved the "Iraq War Resolution" granting the Bush administration authorization to invade Iraq. Six years later, 1 in 3 Iraqis have been killed, wounded, or displaced. Over 4,000 US soldiers have been killed with tens of thousands more seriously wounded. How many more billions will be looted from vital social needs such as jobs, education, healthcare, disaster relief or libraries, firehouses, childcare, or Social Security? This rally’s demands:

��� * Stop the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan

��� * Money for jobs, education, healthcare, and housing - not war and occupation

��� * No sanctions or attack on Iran

��� * Stop the racist scapegoating of Arabs and Muslims

��� * Stop the assault on human rights and civil liberties

����� Info: 617-230-9382, info@oct11boston.org, www.oct11.org. WMass ride info: eadams333@comcast.net or priscillalynch@earthlink.net.

 

Sunday October 12

����� TRAPROCK CENTER OPEN HOUSE
����� 4-6pm, 24 Miles St, Greenfield. Liz Kelner has been hired as part time Director and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice  just moved into 24 Miles Street. Traprock supports community efforts in all its manifestations toward a peaceful, just, and safe world with a focus on issues that are local as well as national and international. Food and music; books and T-shirt giveaways! Meet the Director, Board, and Founding Members. Find out how you can be involved. Info: 773-7427.

 

Tuesday October 14

����� COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETING FOR JUSTICE FOR JASON

7-9pm, room 101, South Meeting Room, Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst. On February 3, 2008, two white men (neither UMass students) appeared at the window of the UMass dormitory room of Jason Vassell, a black student majoring in Biology. The two men subjected Jason to racially abusive language and threats of violence. They kicked in his window and later gained access to an outer lobby of his dorm, where they attacked Jason, breaking his nose and causing a serious concussion. Injured and attempting to defend himself, Jason wounded his assailants with a small pocketknife while the police were on the way to the site of the crime. The Committee for Justice for Jason Vassell formed in response to this violent racial hate crime. This community organizing meeting will be a space for people in surrounding communities to get involved and discuss upcoming initiatives such as a Community Rally. Info: www.justiceforjason.org; Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/justiceforjason/; to contribute, write a check to Esmie James, Vassell's mother, and mail to Justice for Jason, PO Box 197, Amherst MA 01004.

 

Tuesday October 14

FREE FILM: “MARTIAL LAW 9/11: RISE OF THE POLICE STATE

7pm, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street (behind Woodstar Caf�), Northampton. Info: http://www.infowars.com/martial_law_911.htm, Jonathan Mark, 978-544-7862, flyby@mtdata.com, www.Valley911truth.org.

 

Wednesday October 15

      LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN MASSACHUSETTS

      The easiest way to check on your registration status is to contact the non-partisan Election Protection hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE or www.866ourvote.org/state. The hotline can also answer any and all questions about where to vote and what information to bring with you when you vote in person. Please remember that with the great increase in the number of registrations, lines at polling places are expected to be longer, so you will want to vote early in the day on November 4. If you encounter any problems registering, the hotline offers legal help to address those issues. 

 

Wednesday October 15 (Third Wednesday)

     PIONEER VALLEY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

     7pm, AFL-CIO Hall, 640 Page Blvd, near corner of Osborne Ter, across the street from the old Westinghouse, Springfield. Community and labor activist guests are welcome, but RSVP to Jon at 732-7970, mail@pvaflcio.org, or Rick at 374-1492, rbrown@pvaflcio.org.

 

Wednesdays October 15, 22, 29 November 5 & 12

      STEWARDS TRAINING

      6:30-9pm, Gordon Hall, 3rd floor conference room, 418 N Pleasant St, Amherst; last class at an area restaurant. $125 (includes banquet); $100 each if Local Union sends 3 or more. Co-sponsored by the Hampshire Franklin CLC, the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO and the UMass Amherst Labor Center. Instructor: Dale Melcher.

      Are you considering becoming a steward in your union? Are you a new steward and feeling ill-equipped to handle workplace problems? Have you been a steward for awhile and still feel unsure about some aspects of grievance handling? Topics include: roles and responsibilities of the steward, legal rights (including Weingarten and Duty of Fair Representation), basic grievance handling, and a mobilizing approach to problem solving. The final class will be dinner with a guest speaker. Info, to register: Dale Melcher, 545-6166, dmelcher@lrrc.umass.edu.

 

Thursday October 16

BRIDGES NOT BOMBS! “BURMA SHAVE” PICKET AGAINST WAR ON IRAN

7-9am & 4-6pm, Calvin Coolidge Bridge, Rt 9 between Northampton & Hadley. In the excitement and drama of the elections, we sometimes forget the threat to world peace that continues to reside in the White House. Specifically, highly-placed Congressional sources continue to state that George Bush may still bomb Iran or back an Israeli proxy strike before his term ends and perhaps even before the elections on November 4. Though Barack Obama has stressed negotiations, not warfare with Iran, the Democrats could still let this happen without strong public opposition. Info: Marty Nathan, martygjf@comcast.net, or Doug Renick, afsc@crocker.com.

 

Tuesday October 16 (Third Thursday)

      NORTHAMPTON LIVING WAGE COALITION

      7pm, Western Mass Legal Services, 20 Hampton Ave, Northampton, enter near Pleasant St. Drafting a City Council resolution updating the Northampton Living Wage to reflect the cost of living increase since 1998, bringing the living wage from $7.49/hour for employees with health insurance to $9.52, and from $9 to $11.44 for employees without health insurance. Collecting petition signatures supporting the resolution. Asking local business owners to commit to paying a living wage or at least commit to working toward a living wage. Info, to help get signatures: Kathryn Collins, kathryncollins52@yahoo.com.

      WMASS JOBS WITH JUSTICE HAMPSHIRE WORKERS' RIGHTS COMMITTEE meets with the NORTHAMPTON LIVING WAGE COALITION. Info: 827-0301, wmjwj@wmjwj.org.

 

Friday October 17

FREE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR UNION OFFICIALS

9am-3pm, Carpenters Local 43, 885 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford CT. Continental breakfast and lunch included. First Trade Union Bank sponsors these free seminars covering such topics as:

• Understanding financial statements

• Budgetary controls and cash flow management

• Long-range financial planning

• Accounting terms, concepts and processes

And much more! Seating is limited; register early. RSVP, info: 800-242-0272 x8, tiacobucci@ftub.com. Register at www.ftub.com.

 

Friday October 17

����� NUEVA ESPERANZA ANNUAL DINNER

����� 6-9pm, Waterfront Tavern, 920 Main St, Holyoke. $50. Celebrating leadership: a new generation stepping up. Info: 533-9442, neihousing@yahoo.com.

 

Friday October 17

����� FREE FILM: “THE INTERNATIONALE”

����� 7pm, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St, Northampton. After the film, the Raging Grannies group will lead the audience in a rousing sing-along. “The Internationale” has been sung for more than a hundred years, and in hundreds of languages around the world. It is sung to rally hope and give heart to people engaged in struggles for social justice and liberation. The film features accounts of struggles from the past in which the song played an important role, as well as performances of the song by Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Dorothy Healey, and people in China, the Philippines, Russia, and elsewhere. The film was produced and directed by Peter Miller, who also made the documentary "Sacco and Vanzetti."
The event is part of the Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq weekly Friday night film series. Info: AnnaMarie Russo, annamarierusso17@gmail.com, http://northamptoncommittee.org.

 

Saturday October 18 (First & Third Saturday of each month)

      KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK!

      Noon-4pm, ADP Workers Center/Casa Obrera, 130 Union St, Springfield. Registration required. Comprehensive know your rights training. Also serves as orientations that are mandatory for people who want to join the Workers Center. The ADP Worker Center has a number of programs and benefits for members, including a food co-op, ESOL classes, democracy school, leadership training, and a legal clinic. Info, to register: William Cano, 739-7233, william@a-dp.org.

 

Sunday October 19

      NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT ANNUAL DINNER

      5-8pm, Log Cabin Inn, Rt 141, Holyoke. NPP (http://www.nationalpriorities.org/) offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities which promote social and economic justice. Info: 584-9556, info@nationalpriorities.org.

 

Wednesday October 22 (Fourth Wednesday)

      ARE "GREEN JOBS" UNION & COMMUNITY JOBS?

      5:30-7:30pm, Pioneer Valley CLC, 640 Page Blvd, Springfield. Networking and sharing by the Western Mass. Green Economy Working Group - advocates for a Green Economy which (1) serves local communities; (2) guarantees workers' rights to organize; and (3) promotes community-owned sustainable projects. Not everyone is talking Green Jobs as Union Jobs and Local Community Jobs, and the possibility of Scabby Green Jobs looms large here. Info: Jon Weissman, 827-0301, wmjwj@wmjwj.org, or Eduardo Suarez, 335-6224, echonyc@hotmail.com.

      Join the GreenWork listserve: Subscribe at http://lists.gaiahost.coop/mailman/listinfo/greenwork, or send an email to greenwork-subscribe@lists.gaiahost.coop.

 

Wednesday October 22

FREE FILM: “UNCOUNTED: THE NEW MATH OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS”

����� 5:30-7:30pm, Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield. Info: http://www.uncountedthemovie.com/, Jonathan Mark, 978-544-7862, flyby@mtdata.com, www.Valley911truth.org.

 

Thursday October 23 (Fourth Thursday)

      FRANKLIN COUNTY WORKERS' RIGHTS COMMITTEE

      7-8:30pm, First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield. Organizing local solidarity for Franklin County workers and unions; nurses and other workers at Franklin Medical Center; Greenfield municipal employees (contracts expiring June 30), where health insurance is a burning issue; and statewide and national workers' rights campaigns. Info: 827-0301, wmjwj@wmjwj.org.

 

Tuesday October 28

      ALLIANCE TO DEVELOP POWER CONVENTION

      7-9pm, St Jude’s Church, 1326 Worcester St, Springfield. Labor and community activists welcome. RSVP, info: 739-7233, info@a-dp.org, http://www.a-dp.org/.

 

Tuesday October 28 (Fourth Tuesday)

     HAMPSHIRE/FRANKLIN CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

     7:30pm, Northampton Fire Station Community Room, 26 Carlon Drive at King St/Route 5, Northampton (587-1148). Community and labor activist guests are welcome, but RSVP to Pres. Fiore Grassetti, 877-725-0357, org7@comcast.net

 

October 30-31

����� WOMEN & WORK: CHOICES & CONSTRAINTS

����� UMass Amherst. Fee includes lunch: $25 - UMass and Five College; $10 – student; $40 - non-UMass and Five College. The Center for Research on Families announces a two day symposium focusing on key workplace challenges for women in the 21st century. The conference will bring together experts in the field to consider the factors that lead women to leave the workforce and what factors make it difficult for them to enter the workforce. The goal is not only to highlight the issues and challenges for employed women but to also engage in discussions that focus on solutions and supports for women that then can inform workplace policies. Info, to register: www.umass.edu/family/womenandwork, wendy@sbs.umass.edu

 

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