From Community Labor United <[email protected]>
Subject Reflecting on Our Fights and Wins in 2021
Date December 17, 2021 9:59 PM
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Dear friend and allies,

As 2021 comes to a close, let's reflect on the year behind us. Together, we have seen great victories for our communities and initiatives, such as the
passing of BERDO 2.0, ([link removed]) the appointment of an environmental justice rider ([link removed]) and a worker on the new MBTA board, and more. The new year will offer opportunities for continued activism, support, and assistance for our communities and our families.

We are excited about our upcoming work in 2022 and look forward to fighting alongside all of you. Below you will find opportunities to engage and continue the fight on many issues that affect our communities and allies. Please spread the word by sharing our Facebook ([link removed]-) posts as well as following and retweeting us on Twitter ([link removed]-) . You can sign up ([link removed]) to receive regular updates from CLU.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
CLU and Our Partners Are Hiring!

Organizing Director ([link removed]) , Community Labor United

Director ([link removed]) , Coalition to Protect Workers’ Rights

Care That Works Program Coordinator ([link removed]) , Community Labor United

Communications Director ([link removed]) ,
City Life / Vida Urbana

Director ([link removed]) , Homes for All Mass

Microgrid Program Manager ([link removed]) , GreenRoots

Coalition Organizer ([link removed]) , Mass Renews Alliance

Capacity Building Director ([link removed]) , Chinese Progressive Association

Office Manager and Events Coordinator ([link removed]) , Chinese Progressive Association
🚨 New Report

Un-Fare Deal: How Fare Policy at Baker’s MBTA Transfers Wealth from Riders to Corporations
Public Transit Public Good recently released
a shocking new report ([link removed]) about the MBTA’s privatized fare collection system. While low-income riders bear high costs for public transportation, two billionaire corporations are set to make millions of dollars from an upcoming privatization contract. The report highlights the inequality of the MBTA’s current system and the urgent need to provide relief for low-income communities and working families, and invest Progressive sources of revenue into transportation.

To read the report, visit
Public Transit Public Good ([link removed]) .

Contribute to Our Efforts
As we approach 2022, we continue to fight for working families and low- and middle-income communities in the Greater Boston area. Now is the time to set priorities for the upcoming year and outline concrete plans to build a better future. Together, we can fight for environmental justice, equitable transit, accessible child care, and more.

Please consider taking action and contributing to our efforts today. To make a donation, visit
Community Labor United ([link removed]) .
Igniting Justice and Progressive Power
We are excited to share that Community Labor United is featured in Igniting Justice and Progressive Power, a recently published book ([link removed]) about power-building and PowerSwitch Action (formerly Partnership for Working Families) projects. The book’s seventh chapter, “Community Labor United: Building Bridges in Greater Boston” focuses on CLU’s campaigns and our history in the Greater Boston area.

Read more on the chapter
here ([link removed]) .

GBLC Awards Night 2021
The Greater Boston Labor Council held their annual awards night on December 7. We are pleased to share that our Executive Director, Lee Matsueda, was honored alongside other leaders in the labor movement. Thank you to GBLC for recognizing Lee and congratulations to other champions of labor, including Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of Cambridge; Roy Avellaneda, Chelsea City Councilor; Roxana Rivera, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU; and Mike Vartabedian, Machinists Union IAMAW District 15.

ACTION ALERT! GLBC Solidarity with Striking St. Vincent Nurses
Join the Greater Boston Labor Council unions to show solidarity with St. Vincent Nurses who have been holding the line for over nine months. All are welcome to come walk the picket line and donate to the strike fund if you are able.

SIGN NOW: Stop the state from ending the key pandemic emergency rental assistance program
Homes for All Massachusetts, Mass Law Reform Institute, and Mass Coalition for the Homeless are calling on allies in organized labor, congregations, and community groups to sign this letter ([link removed]) and join the push to protect rental assistance that would prevent unjust eviction and additional burdens on families and individuals already in crisis due to the pandemic. The Baker administration has abruptly decided to ramp down emergency rental assistance – even though there are millions in unused, available federal funds that could be utilized to continue this critical help.

Key changes that will begin to ramp down the program take effect January 1, 2022 unless we
push the Governor, DHCD, and the State Legislature to act NOW ([link removed]) .

For organizations: Emergency Rental Assistance Program Organizational Sign-On Letter ([link removed])
For individuals: Make a call or send an email to you Representatives and Senators ([link removed])

Standing in Solidarity with Amazon Workers
In response to the warehouse collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois, the Athena coalition has launched a fundraiser to support the workers and families impacted. We stand in solidarity with those affected and call on Amazon to take responsibility for this tragedy. This fundraiser will provide critical aid to help communities recover and rebuild. Please consider making a donation to help provide relief in the aftermath of this tornado that has impacted so many.

To donate to the fund, visit Athena ([link removed]) .

Thank you for reading and taking action!

In Solidarity,
Community Labor United

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