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Statement from Warren Pepicelli, Manager of New England Joint Board UNITE HERE, on Polartec’s decision to move manufacturing out of Lawrence, MA

LAWRENCE, MA – The following is the statement of Warren Pepicelli, Manager of the New England Joint Board UNITE HERE, the union representing nearly 350 workers employed by Polartec, LLC following the company’s decision to move manufacturing out of Lawrence.   “In 1995 the world’s eye was focused on Lawrence and the CEO who put […]

130 More Sodexo Workers Join NEJB

On Wednesday, October 21st, 130 Westfield State was officially recognized as a union shop with NEJB UNITE HERE. Since earlier this year, workers at WSU were eager to organize for respect and a voice on the job. They quickly formed a 15-person organizing committee, recruiting their coworkers from across the Dining Commons and 7 retail […]

Hotel Northampton Workers Seek to Join NEJB

More than two-thirds of the workers at Hotel Northampton want to unionize — and on Tuesday night they marched through downtown to deliver that message to hotel management. The hotel workers, including servers, cooks, housekeepers and maintenance staff, have been organizing over the last year with the help of the New England Joint Board, Unite […]

Southwick Workers Win Strong New Contract

After nearly 6 months of negotiating NEJB members at Southwick Clothing in Haverhill, MA have ratified a new contract providing strong wage increases and good benefits. The nearly 400 skilled garment workers making high-end clothing for Brooks Brothers and other major retailers voted overwhelmingly to approve their new 3 year contract. After months of fighting, holding […]

2014 Endorsements

The New England Joint Board is excited to announce our endorsements for the 2014 statewide elections being held on November 4th across the region. After careful research the NEJB has decided to endorse the following candidates and initiatives due to their strong support for workers, immigrants, and worker rights. Our endorsed candidates are: Massachusetts: (D) Martha […]

Curry College Workers Join NEJB

This month over 70 workers at Curry College in Milton, MA joined the New England Joint Board after an overwhelming vote in favor of joining the union. The 70 workers work for Sodexo at Curry College serve faculty, staff and students in the college’s cafeterias and dining halls. Organizing began in the spring when workers […]

Southwick Workers Rally for a Fair Contract

On October 1 about one hundred garment workers at Southwick Clothing in Haverhill, MA  had an after work rally. The workers, members of NEJB Local 187, are currently in negotiations with Southwick, a factory owned by Brooks Brothers that makes high quality menswear. Workers have been negotiating with the company for months but Brooks Brothers […]

Help NEJB Member Recover from Tragic Lowell Fire

On July 10th a tragic fire swept through a Lowell, MA apartment building killing 7 people and destroying 9 apartments. The fire was one of the deadliest in state history. Many of those killed and displaced were new immigrants from Cambodia. One of the displaced was To Vath, a 23 year member of the New […]

NEJB Announces Endorsement of Steve Grossman for MA Governor

NEW BEDFORD- Today our union announced its endorsement of Steve Grossman for Governor of Massachusetts. Members, officers, and staff of the New England Joint Board gathered outside of the Joseph Abboud factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where over 600 NEJB members are employed, to make the announcement.  Against the backdrop of the growing factory, Bert […]

Union Potters Win Strong Contract

SUPER good news!  The members of NEJB Local 341, artisanal potters employed by Bennington Potters in Bennington, Vermont, just won a landmark new contract! The workers, makers of beautiful handmade pottery, protected their union health insurance, lowered the employee contribution, and won the best wage increases in recent memory. Congratulations gang! Check out our “Made […]