May 2023 Update
Greetings! I am happy to report that Pride at Work/Eastern Massachusetts has partnered with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) to launch a new community labor coalition to oppose the increasing number of neo-Nazi attacks on our transgender siblings and People of Color in this region. We are getting major support from the Greater Boston Labor Council where I serve as an Executive Vice President.
Only last week Patriot Front fascists harassed a rally of over 100 transgender activists in Copley Square, the very location where last July that same group of thugs attacked Charles Murrell an African-American artist. According to the ADL, Massachusetts has the second highest number of incidents of harassment by neo-fascist in the U.S. – second only to Texas!
Please contact our chapter if you would like to help build this uplifting and necessary coalition effort.
(Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Pride Month is approaching, and we will be posting a list of the different rallies and marches next week.
1) In 2018 IBEW Local 2222 invited Pride at Work Eastern Massachusetts to address a membership meeting of the local and help us organize to stop the passage of Proposition Three that year which would have outlawed access to public accommodations to transgender people. Twenty five years ago Local 2222 was the first union on Massachusetts to win same sex partner rights. With their help and the help of organized labor in 2018, Massachusetts defeated that ballot initiative 2-1. Now IBEW 2222 is organizing hundreds of State House staff into a union so that they will have collective bargaining and a voice at work. We urge you to contact your state Senator and Representative to support this organizing drive; you can find them by going to this website: https://malegislature.gov/StateHouse/Contact,.
For more info on this organizing campaign: https://statehouseemployeeunion.org/
NEXT PRIDE AT WORK MEETING
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 – Zoom link https://cambridgecollege.zoom.us/j/84696524529
Fraternally, Gerry Scoppettuolo