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.

 

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.

Ballot Question Signature Drive

The Worcester Community Labor Coalition mobilized dozens of volunteers on SATURDAY, MAY 17th to collect signatures for our ballot questions:

·        Increase the Minimum Wage

·        Earned Sick Time

·        The Patient Safety Act

·        The Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act

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Photos by Kevin Ksen

Stone Soup: Labor and Community Unite!

Stone Soup was proud to partner with unions and community-focused organizations to rebuild Stone Soup’s community center, located on 4 King Street in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood, which was damaged by a fire in March 2009.

The collaboration coalesced through the Worcester Community Labor coalition to join partners that provide skilled volunteers, restoration funds, and pathways out of poverty through skilled job training programs that reach disadvantaged youth. The training program combined the power of community action and on the job vocational training with the expertise of skilled instructors, site supervisors and carpenters. Participants gained weatherization experience and receive BPI, Lead-Safe RRP and OSHA certifications.

Partners for the rebuild included:

New England Carpenters Training Center
Carpenters Local 107
Worcester Building Trades Council
Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 4
Painters Local 48
YouthBuild Boston
Mass YouthBuild Coalition
Worcester YouthBuild
Deven’s Shriver Jobs Corps
Westover Job Corps
Rebuilding Together Worcester
Co-op Power
Co-op Fund of New England
Worcester Community Housing Resources
Worcester Common Ground
Equity Trust
Maple Street Architects

Here’s a video the carpenters union made about the rebuild:

The mission of Stone Soup is to build grassroots power by connecting and enriching groups and individuals in our communities who are working for social justice in Worcester, MA. We are building community and economies based on cooperation and creativity while resisting oppression and gentrification.

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