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Workers! Know your rights under the law!

Central West Justice Center & Community Legal Aid is holding its first Wage and Hour Clinic to assist eligible individuals with  wage and hour claims.

Wage and Hour Clinic

April 28

6 PM

405 Main St.,  3rd Floor, Worcester


·            Presentation on Your Legal Rights Under Wage and Hour Laws (in Spanish and English)

·            Individual consultation will be given to eligible participants as space and time permit, following the presentation.

·       Space and time for individual consultations are limited.  To ensure an individual consultation, individuals should pre-register.

·       For an individual consultations, a registrant must be low-income or elderly and reside in Central or Western Massachusetts.

·       Free consultation on demand letters, small claims court and other avenues for protecting rights under the wage and hour laws will be provided.

·         To pre-register, apply online at http://communitylegal.org/applications/unemployment, and note that you would like to attend the wage and hour training.

If you do not have access to the internet you may contact Evelyn at (844) 295-4240 ext. 5343 or evelasquez@cla-ma.org<mailto:evelasquez@cla-ma.org>.

Topics for the presentation and consultation include:

·         Minimum Wage

·         Overtime Pay

·         Non-Payment of Wages/ Late Pay/Bounced Checks

·         Meal Breaks

·         Day of Rest

·         Unlawful Deductions

·         Failure to provide records

·         Failure to provide pay stubs

·         Retaliation

·         Vacation/Sick Time Pay

·         Commissions

·         Misclassification as Independent Contractor



WORCESTER – After years of living on wages that don’t keep pace with the cost of living, and several failed attempts to negotiate with owner Frank Romano, members of 1199SEIU at Essex Nursing Homes are staging an informational picket this afternoon between 2:30 and 4:00 PM in front of West Side House of Worcester in an effort to get to a more realistic proposal.

Last week, Romano—the wealthy owner of Essex nursing homes—made an insulting offer to the hard-working 1199SEIU members by offering us a pitiful raise, forcing many 1199SEIU members to make difficult choices between rent, food and utilities.

“The cost of living has gone up tremendously in the past three years, but we employees at Essex have not had any good raises,” said Babrah Mugandani of West Side House of Worcester. “Workers need a raise so we can afford to continue doing this job providing good care for the residents. We’re united together to stand up for our rights.”

In recent months, the powerful voices of 1199SEIU nursing home members were able to gain more than $30 million in additional Medicaid funding next year. This victory was won by 1199SEIU members meeting with our legislators to explain the need for increased nursing home funding. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be going into Essex nursing homes—a move that was thought to be a great thing for residents and the workers of Essex who desperately need a real raise.

Adding insult to injury, Romano—who makes more than $50 million in combined revenues—has offered the workers a raise of just a half of a percent in the second year of the contract.

“We need our voices to be heard—this offer is an insult,” said Tommy Kegbeh of Blair House of Worcester. “It says they don’t respect us. The lack of a fair raise is an abomination. I have worked at Essex for 13 years. If the workers get good pay, the residents get even better care. The workers need a raise to pay their rent, pay for their mortgages, to buy food and gas, the basic living expenses.”

Workers are also upset that while Romano has refused to negotiate a living wage for nursing home workers, he has stacked the nursing homes administrative payroll with multiple family members, all of whom earn hefty salaries.

“It’s simple,” said Betty Albano of West Side House. “Nobody can live without a living wage.”

Hospitals, Healthcare Workers and Patient Advocates Unite to Oppose Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Cuts

BOSTON – Leaders from across the Massachusetts healthcare spectrum are joining together today to oppose proposed Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts Congress is now considering as part of an agreement on national debt reduction.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and patient advocacy groupsHealth Care for All joined representatives from the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH), Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Massachusetts Senior Care Association … at a press conference on the State House steps to sound the alarm on the serious unintended consequences such cuts would create for patients, caregivers and employees.

“The formula-driven, arbitrary budget targets that have been set out as potential elements of an agreement to reduce the national debt and increase the debt ceiling would result in across-the-board cuts to healthcare,” said Veronica Turner, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “Such cuts would be bad for care, bad for jobs, and bad for the overall economy.”

Lynn Nicholas, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), echoes Turner’s concerns: “Massachusetts hospitals are fully supportive of healthcare reform – including the reduction of costs where possible – as called for by both the Affordable Care Act and several of the state’s recent reform laws …. In fact, hospitals both here and across the country have made great progress in controlling costs and improving quality. But these proposed cuts would seriously damage the overall fiscal health of our hospitals, threaten access to care and well-paying jobs, and severely limit hospitals’ ability to provide training for the physicians of the future. ”

In Massachusetts, hospitals have reduced their anticipated healthcare cost increases by $3.1 billion in 2009 and 2010. Yet healthcare providers continue to be challenged by ongoing government underpayment for care provided through Medicare and Medicaid, and by increased administrative burdens the state Medicaid program now places on caregivers.

“The health of over one million Medicaid recipients in Massachusetts should not be a political bargaining chip,” said Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director of Health Care for All. “We call on Congress and the President to show leadership by protecting this vital program in these challenging economic times.”

“Medicare and Medicaid are the cornerstones of our health care system,” added Lynda M. Young, MD, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. “We cannot support cuts that would undermine our patients’ well-being.”

“Federal cuts of this magnitude to the state’s Medicaid program would decimate our progress in providing Massachusetts residents with quality affordable healthcare coverage. This is a tragedy we cannot abide,” said the Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Cuts to hospitals impede patient access to care in their communities. Hospitals alone are currently absorbing $155 billion in cuts over the next several years. Continued advances in healthcare payment and delivery reform, including access to high quality and affordable care, are greatly dependent on hospitals’ ability to invest in resources such as workforce and health information technology; these efforts are greatly endangered by the proposed federal funding cuts.

The proposed cuts include deep reductions to hospital Medicare reimbursement, Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding, Medicare DSH funding, and eliminating or capping Medicaid provider taxes. All such funding is critical to the life-saving missions of Massachusetts hospitals and to our state’s coverage expansions.

Medicaid cuts would greatly impede the success we’ve made in covering 98% of Massachusetts residents.