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Coalition members awarded “Equal Opportunities” grant

WCLC member, Worcester Roots, along with Indigenous Peoples’ Network and the Workforce Investment Board of Central Mass were awarded a Equal Opportunity in the Construction Trades Grant from the Attorney General’s office at the State.

AG’s Press release here.

The funds originated from a judgment won by New England Regional Council of Carpenters through the AG’s False Claims Division secured with CTA Construction Company.

Information Sessions about Building Trades Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship programs:

  1. Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 5:30pm at Stone Soup Community Center, 4 King St, Worcester.
  2. Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 10:00am in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester

Diesel Technician Training Program

FREE PRE-APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING FOR A $50,000/YEAR CAREER!

Applicant Requirements:

  • Worcester Resident
  • 18-55 years of age
  • Low-Income
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Clean Driving Record
  • Clean Criminal Record

Information Sessions will be held:

Tuesday, August 30th at 2:30pm-4:30pm and Thursday, September 1st at 2:30pm-4:30pm at South High Community School 170 Apricot Dr. Worcester, MA 01603

Classes will be held Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 2:30 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. October 11 to December 22, 2016 at South High Community School

For questions or Information Session registration, please contact: Kelsey Lamoureux at 508-373-7641 or Lamoureuxk@worcesterma.gov

Diesel Tech Info Session Flyer (PDF)

Diesel Tech Info Session Flyer

Mayday Rally 2016

Mayday Rally 2016!
Good Jobs, Workers Rights
May 2nd
4:30pm at City Hall

Join Worcester Community Labor Coalition members, Lion Dancers, the Burncoat High Chorus, Eastern Medicine Singers – Native American Drummers and Lucelia de Jesus for the 2016 International Workers Day celebration.

See news coverage of the event here.

Speakers spoke on topics including: Transparency with city tax breaks (TIFs), Racial and Gender Justice, immigrant rights, training & education, climate and environmental justice, jobs not jails & mass incarceration.
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Who’s TIFs? Our TIFs!

Thanks to everyone that came out for the Fight for $15 rally and attended the Economic Development meeting as well. WE WON! It was clear they wanted to just quickly and quietly get the TIF policy approved without further community input, but we did not let them.

Keep in touch for more actions in the fight.

 

Worcester Jobs Fund

The Worcester Community Labor Coalition has partnered with the City of Worcester to set up a Jobs Fund to ensure quality pre-apprenticeship training and local job placement.

Thanks to WCLC member’s efforts, state, city and private funds are available for job training through the Worcester Jobs Fund. Primary activities are:

  • Recruitment of local residents for anticipated job opportunities; especially talented individuals with previous obstacles to employment, including veterans, single parents, people of color, people with a past felony conviction, women, people with disabilities and low-income residents.
  • Development and oversight of new job training program(s) for in-demand positions when training is not currently available to local residents.
  • Outreach to local companies including those receiving tax incentives/TIFs and local anchor institutions, to recruit their support as project partners and development of direct career placement.

The Jobs Fund meets the Second Wednesday of the month at 10am.  Contact Program Manager, Kelsey Lamoureux for more information: (508)373-7641 or LamoureuxK@worcesterma.gov.

Much of our work is inspired by Building Futures RI and our process included a visit to Providence with City Councilor Sarai Rivera, City Manager Ed Augustus and other public and private leaders.

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TIF Training

Rapid Response to Tax Break Deals Training

“AKA TIF Training”
Free training by the Worcester Community Labor Coalition for our membership and allies.

Monday, October 19th, 10am-12noon
at Stone Soup, 4 King St, Worcester, MA 01610

Ample free street parking available.  Training is wheelchair accessible and interpretation is available with RSVP before October 13th.

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  • Educate Worcester Community Labor Coalition member group’s leaders about the basics of city tax deals and the process for getting involved.
  • Empower WCLC members to act quickly when a tax financing deal is proposed in Worcester.
  • Discuss broader and more long-term strategies for community benefits agreements.
  • Ultimately our more effective action on this topic will ensure that tax dollars stay local, create good jobs and benefit the community, not just developers and large corporations.

International Workers Day – May 1st, 2015

Rally for Good Jobs & Workers Rights
4pm-6pm
Friday, May 1st, 2015
at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium (Lincoln Sq.)

Organized by the Worcester Community Labor Coalition

Printable Flyer Here (Grayscale PDF 4mb)

Participating Organizations:
Carpenters Local #107
Ascentria Care Alliance
Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church
Butter Side Down housing collective
Collective A Go-Go
Communities United Collective
Crittenton Women’s Union
Dynamy Youth Academy
Education Association of Worcester (EAW)
EPOCA
Future Focus Media Co-op
Good Orning housing collective
HOPE Coalition
IBEW Local 96
Iglesia Cristiana de la Comunidad
Jobs With Justice
Martin Luther King Center
Mass Nurses Association
MOSAIC Culture Complex
NAACP Worcester Branch
NAGE Local 495
Neighbor to Neighbor
Next Step Program at WSU
Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #4
Progressive Labor Party
Regional Environmental Council
SEIU 1199
SEIU 509
Shalom Neighborhood Center
Sheetmetal Workers Local #63
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) Alliance
St. Francis & St. Therese Catholic Worker
Stone Soup
Student Immigration Movement
Teamsters Union Local 170
Training Resources of America
Training Resources of America Worcester YouthBuild Program
Unite HERE
Worcester – Fitchburg Building Trades
Worcester Black Clergy Alliance
Worcester Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Worcester Interfaith
Worcester Latino Ministers Alliance
Worcester Roots
Worcester Unemployment Action Group
Yes We Care

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Community & Legislative Briefing

Community & Legislative Briefing
6:00pm
Monday, November 17th, 2014
at Belmont Street Ame Zion Church

55 Illinois St, Worcester, MA 01610

In July 2014, the WCLC joined in commissioning a scientific poll of over 400 Worcester households seeking their opinions on issues ranging from youth jobs to economic development, public transportation to Worcester’s public schools.

We want to share with you what we’ve learned about Worcester.

Our broad base of coalition partners will share the full results of our “Worcester’s Next Step” poll, our history and vision, provide an update on our work and recent successes in job creation and share our goals and priorities for working with local elected officials and community partners in the coming year.

We want to work with you on Worcester’s Next Step.