The Spark May 2013 www.seiu888.org
: I’ve got a little bitof a family situation. My problemis my cousin who, thanks to asteady diet of Fox News, hasdecided that unions are bleed-ing our country dry. At our lastfamily-get-together he referredto me and my wife, a school teacher, as “takers” andeven threw in something about us “feeding at thetrough.” Other than avoiding family functions, is thereanything I can say to this guy that will shut him up?
Had It in HaverhillDear Had It
: Avoiding family functions would be my choice, but then you should see the litter I come from!Unfortunately the kind of mean-spirited trash-talkingthat your cousin engages in is all too common thesedays. Why if I didn’t know better I’d have to concludethat it wasn’t
but teachers and publicservice workers who were responsible for driving oureconomy into a ditch.The reality is that there probably isn’t much youcan do to change your cousin’s mind. What you cando though is point out how extreme his position is.For example, I’m assuming that he drives his car onpublicly maintained roads, relies on the security of public services like police and firefighters, or enjoysthe occasional fishing trip to waters that aren’t chockfull of chemical runoff. One other tip: I guarantee youand your wife aren’t alone at feeling uncomfortablewith this fellow’s extreme point of view. Before thenext family meet up rolls around, why not check inwith other family members and ask for their support?Either that or give him the wrong address...
International Workers Day
When: Wednesday, May 1, all day Where: Chelsea, Everett and RevereDozens of labor and community-based organizations will march andrally from Chelsea, East Boston,Everett and Revere to support im-migrant and low-income workersthroughout Eastern Massachusetts.For more information, visit www.chelseacollab.org
City of Boston Employees: Share YourConcerns
When: Thursday, May 9, 11:30AM–2PMWhere: OLR Conference Room, 6th floor, City HallCome and meet Local 888 field representatives MariCooney and Madeline Garcia at the first of a regularbiweekly meeting and discussion. For more informa-tion, call the Local 888 office at 617-241-3300.
SEIU Local 888 Executive Boardmeeting
When: Wednesday, May 15, 10AM–5PMWhere: SEIU Local 888 union hall, 52 RolandStreet, Charlestown, MA
Workplace Bullying Workshop
When: Thursday, May 16, 7-8:30PMWhere: Brookline High SchoolCost: $6Local 888 member
leads a workshopon this important topic including defining workplacebullying and discussing the many resources avail-able to help stop it. For more information, visit www.brooklineadulted.org
Local 888 Ten Year Anniversary Celebration
When: Saturday, June 22, all day Where: Bay Pointe Country Club, 19 Bay PointeDrive, Onset, MALocal 888 is 10 years old and it’s time to celebrate! All members and their families are invited to attenda free barbecue with games and rides beginningat 12PM A golf tournament starts at 8AM, entry fee is $300 per foursome. Stay tuned or visit www.seiu888.org for details.
Join the Women’s Committee
Join usf orapotluck dinner to help start a Women’s Justice Committee /Caucus of SEIU Local 888. Come bring your ideas, shareyourconcerns as womenin the union and workplace anddiscuss our draf t mission. For more inf ormation, contact tif f an firstname.lastname@example.org, or susan_ email@example.com.When: Wednesda y, Ma y 8th, 5:30 to 8:00PMWhere: SEIU Local888 union hall, 52 Roland St. Charlesto wn.