Mayday Rally 2016!
Good Jobs, Workers Rights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Future Focus Media Co-op
Good Orning housing collective
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
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
Student Immigration Movement
Teamsters Union Local 170
Training Resources of America
Training Resources of America Worcester YouthBuild Program
Worcester – Fitchburg Building Trades
Worcester Black Clergy Alliance
Worcester Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Worcester Latino Ministers Alliance
Worcester Unemployment Action Group
Yes We Care
Community & Legislative Briefing
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.
The Worcester Community-Labor Coalition (WCLC) works to have a voice in the economic development plans of Central Massachusetts, especially for low-income communities and people of color. Coalition members understand that labor and community interests are the same. A trained workforce with access to good jobs is a vital component of any vibrant community. Good jobs are safe, they provide family sustaining wages and benefits, and they offer opportunities for advancement and career development.