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Massachusetts Jobs with Justice calendar (english)
03 Sep 2002
weekly listing of events

The Weekly Workers' Rights Calendar
Friday, August 30, 2002
Check out our web-site for more information about these events:
Inclusion in the calendar does not necessarily indicate JWJ endorsement.
See the end for regular calendar items
Justice for Janitors
Strike Bulletin #1

Saturday, August 31st
10AM Justice for Janitors Strike Vote and 12PM March
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St, Boston
This Saturday, hundreds of SEIU 615 members who work in downtown Boston will gather in the parking lot behind their building to collectively authorize their union to call a strike, if necessary, in the coming days. Stand in solidarity with them during this moment which will mark an enormous step forward in the Justice for Janitors campaign, which promises to be the largest labor struggle Boston has seen in years.
(There will be union reps directing people from the Gov't Cr T Stop.)

Tuesday, September 4th
6-9PM Justice for Janitors: JwJ Volunteer Night
Jobs with Justice Office, 3353 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
Help Jobs with Justice organize the monstrous community support campaign for Justice for Janitors. (Take the Orange Line to the Green St Stop. Turn right onto Green St as you exit, walk to the second set of lights and turn right onto Washington St. The office is a couple doors down on the right.)

Wednesday, September 4 (Note: this changed from Thursday)
3:30PM, March for Justice for Janitors
Meet at Park St T. Stop
Join SEIU 615 janitors in the first major action after their contract expires on August 31st.
At this point, the strike could have already begun, or will be impending.

Thursday, September 5
6:30-9:00PM, Teach-in for Economic Justice
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Copley Sq.
Sponsored by Service Employees International Union, Local 615 and No Ordinary Time.
An exciting, informative, and interactive evening, as community members come together to learn more about the Justice for Janitors Campaign, hear from local janitors and a panel of speakers about its far-ranging local and global ramifications, and actively brainstorm action steps and ways to engage the broader community.
Co-sponsored by: The Haymarket's People's Fund, Resource Generation, Community Change, Inc.,
The Cambridge Peace Commission, MA Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, Jobs with Justice
For more information, contact: arrington (at), 617 524-2999

Wednesday, September 11th
6-9 Justice for Janitors: Solidarity Committee Meeting
(Tentative) SEIU Local 509 Office, 675 Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge
Be at the center of the action: Help Jobs with Justice organize the monstrous community support campaign for Justice for Janitors.
9-9:30 PM SEIU 615 Vigils, All over Downtown Boston
The Service Employees International Union was the union second worst hit by the attacks of September 11, 2001. Join SEIU 615 members outside of just about every office building in Downtown Boston as they take a half an hour break during their work shifts to light a candle and remember the members lost on that day.

Weekend of Sept. 13th or 14th
PSA for J4J contest. See for updates.
Specific details forthcoming…Write a public service announcement for Justice for Janitors to be played on the radio and perform it in a conest on September 13th or 14th before celebrity judges for the chance of winning a $300 cash prize!

Visit for more information and frequent updates. When the strike starts, frequent updates will be available on the site and via email. Sign-up online!

You can fill this out online at

More than 10,000 janitors in the Boston-area and throughout Massachusetts provide a valuable service. They sweep floors, empty garbage and scrub toilets to keep our office buildings and universities clean and the workdays running smoothly. The janitors work hard, pay taxes and make contributions to our communities. Yet, on part-time jobs with no benefits, they are struggling to afford decent housing and pay the doctor’s bills.

We stand in solidarity with janitors who are uniting to win for good jobs with decent wages and affordable health insurance. We support the janitors and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our communities.

____ Please, send me _______ posters to post in my workplace or in local businesses.

____ I will walk picket lines and attend actions and demonstrations.

____ I will ask my coworkers and colleagues to walk picket lines and attend actions.

____ I will contribute money to the Justice for Janitors strike fund.

____ I will sign a solidarity pledge committing myself to an act of civil disobedience if the
janitors are forced to strike.


Name: _______________________________________________________________

Organization/Affiliation: ________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________

City, State, ZIP: _________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________ FAX: _____________________________

E-mail: ________________________________

Please return to:
Boston Jobs with Justice
3353 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 524-8778
Fax: (617) 524-8996
Email: bostonjwj (at)

You can fill this out online at

Regular calendar items

30 machinists, members of IAM Local 264 went out on strike Monday, August 19, 2002 at Necco Confectionary in Cambridge over health care issues. The first strike in the history of the workers at this plant is a fight for paid sick days (they have none) and a fight for dental benefits (they have none) and a fight for affordable health insurance coverage when on long term medical leave. The company has laid off all of the members (a few hundred) of the local BCT union in response. Because the machinists maintain the boilers, they have virtually shut down the ovens. To support these workers, walk the picket line at 254 Mass Ave., Cambridge, or send financial support for the strikers by checks to: IAM Local 265 Strike Assistance, 267 Moody St. Waltham, MA 02453. Also, you can call Bruno Mastrodicasa, Vice President of Operations, at 617-876-4700 and tell him to negotiate in good faith with his employees and give them the health care they need! For more information, or to see what else you can do to help, please contact IAM District 38 at 781-894-5401.

Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1
Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline (Coolidge Corner stop on the Green C Line).
A fundraiser to support the local mobilizing for the September 28-29 protests in Washington DC against the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. All shows $5-$15 sliding scale. For more info on the festival, contact BankBusters: noimfwb (at) , 617-755-0795,

Saturday, August 31
4:00 - 8:00 PM, Marlborough Middle School, 431 Bolton St., rte. 85, Marlborough, MA. Concert and performance showcase featuring Pat Humphries, Sam Hooper Group, Class Acts, and many others! Sisters Together Ending Poverty (STEP) seeks your participation in "VanAid," an event to help fund our nationally groundbreaking transportation project, conceptualized and operated by low-income families in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. Sisters Together Ending Poverty is a three year old community group run by and for the low-income women working to end poverty in all our lives. The STEP Up Van project provides flexible, no-cost, door-to-door, accessible, van service to low-income families seeking employment, training, education, childcare, medical care, housing, shelter, and food in the city of Marlborough.
There will also be vendors selling their own crafts and food and a huge raffle. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children and are available through the STEP (508-769-1177) or at the door.

Sunday, September 1
5:30 - 8:00 pm, Piers Park, also known as El Parque Azul, edge of Boston Harbor, Marginal St., East Boston. Come and enjoy Guatemalan Culture and Music, followed by a Latin American Concert of Salsa and Meringue, by the group Rumbanama and music from the Guatemalan Singer, Carlos Eladio. Sponsored by Zumix and the Boston Committee in Solidarity with Guatemala. With Latin American free food, kids arts' table and raffle - free. Inaugurating September - Guatemalan and Central-American Independence Month. For more info : ZUMIX : 617- 568-9777 x 12 or
Rene : 617-696-2116. To get to Piers Park: go through Callahan tunnel (to Logan Airport), take first exit to the right, - East-Boston - and at end of exit go right, Chelsea St. After two blocks you will reach Maverick Sq., go straight by T station (on your right), at end of Maverick Sq. go left on Summer St., after two blocks, go right on Orleans St (at large Yellow building), at end of Orleans St. you go left on Marginal St., Piers Park is on your right ; there is a small parking lot, but usually street parking.

Wednesday, September 4
7:00 PM, Jefferson 218 (Geography Building), Clark University, Worcester, MA. Clark U's
International Studies Stream (ISS) invites you to attend a Seminar given by
Professor Steven Ellner, presently the professor of Economic History at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, where he has taught since 1977. His many publications include; "The Latin American Left: From the Fall of Allende to Perestroika" and "Venezuela's Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to Electoral Politics." He is coeditor of the forthcoming book, "Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization, and Conflict."

September 5

Tuesday, September 10
9:30 - 11:30 AM, IBEW 103, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester. Topic: “Communicating to Organize” how to talk to unorganized workers, the general public, and our communities about unions. Sponsored by the MA AFL-CIO.
For more info, call 617-227-8260.

Tuesday, September 11

Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM, Centro Presente, 54 Essex St., 2nd Fl, Central Sq., Cambridge. At the end of Essex St. on the right, next to St. Mary's church, parking lot is next.
Interested in participating in planning the exciting program and logistics for six months of organizing and activism with Colombian trade unionist Hector Giraldo? Join this committee, where we will also discuss collaboration on other global justice issues such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas and the International Monetary Fund/World Bank protests planned for end of September.
Please RSVP to Cassie Watters at 617-524-8778 or bostonjwj (at)

Sunday, September 15
2:00 - 5:00 PM, Holiday Inn Hotel, 30 Washington St., Somerville. Forum for Citizen Participation of Salvadorans in the US and the Right to Vote. Featured Panelists: Dr. Hector Silva, Mayor of San Salvador, Lic. Benjamin Cuellar, Political Analyst, Blanca Flor Bonilla, Women’s Sector, Lic. Roberto Escobar, Consul in Boston, Cynthia Orellana, Northeastern U. Come and learn about the realitiy of life in El Salvador and what it means to the Salvadoran community in the US. Find out what you can do here in the US to improve the quality of life in El Salvador. Free Admission, donations requested.
For more info, contact the Committee of Refugees from El Salvador (CORES, Inc.), 617-623-5322.

Friday, September 20
6:00 - 9:00 PM, Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge St., Allston-Brighton. Salete Carollo of the MST, the Landless Peasant Movement of Brazil, and Estuardo Remache of the ECUARUNARI Federation of Peoples of the Quichua Nationality of Ecuador will be speaking. The MST is a large rural and increasingly urban social movement which has mobilized some 1.5 million people and has enabled 300,000 previously landless families to gain access to land and self-reliance. The indigenous movement in Ecuador is currently at the center of the movement to roll back neoliberal economic policies in that country and across the continent. Take Bus # 57, 64, or 66 to Union Sq. or B Green Line to Harvard Ave. Sponsored by: Latin American Action Coalition. For more information, call 617-661-6130 or 617-787-8761.

Friday, September 27 - Monday, September 30
Departing Friday September 27, 8pm, Corner of Charles & Boylston St., Boylston T (Green Line)
Returning early Monday September 30 (departure from DC time TBA)
If you are in the Boston area, we have good news for you - buses have been reserved for going down to the September 28-29 IMF/WORLD BANK Demonstrations, and tickets are now available. Download a form at, price is $55. See Call about low income tickets. Please consider making a donation to help pay for a low income activist.
Contact for bus tickets: 617-755-0795, noimfwb (at)
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