Remembering Jeremiah McGillicuddy

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We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jeremiah McGillicuddy, who served as president of Local 534 from 1961 to 1997. We extend our condolences to his family.

Read Jeremiah’s obituary here.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Morris-Johnston Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 29, 2022, at 11:00 AM at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough, MA. Burial will follow at Southborough Rural Cemetery, 11 Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA.

2023 Meeting Schedule

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The best way to have a voice in your union is to attend local meetings, where you can engage with fellow members, ask questions of local leadership, and stay informed. So, as we enter 2023, we’re pleased to share this year’s schedule for regular union and executive board meetings.

All meetings will be held at the Local 534 Union Hall unless otherwise noted.

January

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, January 10 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, January 24 at 6 PM

February

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, February 14 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Saturday, February 25 at 9 AM

March

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, March 14 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, March 28 at 6 PM

April

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, April 11 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, April 25 at 6 PM

May

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, May 9 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, May 23 at 6 PM

June

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, June 13 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, June 27 at 6 PM

July

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, July 11, at 5 PM
  • *No Regular Union Meeting*

August

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, August 8 at 5 PM
  • *No Regular Union Meeting*

September

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, September 12 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, September 26 at 6 PM

October

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, October 10 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, October 24 at 6 PM

November

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, November 7 at 5 PM
  • Regular Union Meeting
    • Tuesday, November 21 at 6 PM

December

  • Executive Board Meeting
    • Tuesday, December 12 at 5 PM
  • *No Regular Union Meeting*

Get Out the Vote

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Today is Election Day! It’s time for us to get out the vote and make our voices heard. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

Not sure where to vote? Not sure who to vote for? Find your polling place, a list of endorsed candidates, and other helpful information on our Voter Resources page.

Every vote matters. It’s up to us to elect candidates like Maura Healey for Governor and Diana DiZoglio for State Auditor, who will stand up for working people and fight for our rights. It’s up to us to pass Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, which will make sure top earners in Massachusetts pay their fair share to invest in our infrastructure, our schools, and our future.

Together, we can make a difference.

The Fall 2022 Newsletter is Out Now!

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Fall is here, and so is the latest edition of our newsletter. Catch up on what’s been happening at Local 534 by reading the newsletter online or waiting for the print copy to hit your mailbox.

This edition shares essential information on voting in this year’s midterm elections, keeping each other safe on the job site, and finding flexible child care options. You’ll also find an apprentice spotlight featuring second-year apprentice Damien Fuller and our late brother and friend, Nasahn Davis.

As always, thank you for your support!

June is Pride Month!

Each June marks another year of Pride for the LGBTQ+ community. Since 1970, Pride Month has commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and has since developed into a 30-day celebration, including parades, events, concerts, and memorials. We celebrate Pride as a reminder of those who have advocated for LGBTQ+ rights from early on in the movement and continue their legacy. 

Plasterers Local 534 is proud to have a membership that encourages and supports equality and inclusivity within our union and communities. As union members, we enjoy competitive and uniform wages and benefits for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Of particular importance to our LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters are: 

  • Comprehensive and inclusive healthcare benefits.
  • Undivided support of workplace discrimination laws.

While we do as much as possible to uplift and protect our LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters, all members must be vigilant of workplace discrimination toward any community member. Be sure to report any comments or harassment to the union hall. Lastly, we wish our LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters a very happy Pride Month!

Join the Fight: Massachusetts Is Not For Sale!

Local 534 - Stand Up to Big Tech!
Local 534 - Stand Up to Big Tech!

Local 534 is proud to support Massachusetts Is Not For Sale in its fight against the exploitation of drivers in apps like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. Big Tech is pouring millions of dollars into their campaign to deny their drivers’ rights and destroy their right to unionize. We’re standing with these drivers as every worker deserves a seat at the table.

These companies are currently fighting for a loophole in Massachusetts labor laws (through the bill labeled H.1234) that would let them continue to classify their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. This maneuver would allow them to bypass protections for Massachusetts workers, including the minimum wage, paid sick time, and family leave. In addition, the bill would undercut unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation and undermine protections against sexual harassment and racial discrimination at work.

Local 534 and the coalition have this to say: Not in our state! We can’t allow Big Tech to buy laws that expand their profits while hurting workers and families. Massachusetts has a long history of supporting workers’ rights and protecting them from greedy employers.

Click here to learn more about Massachusetts is Not For Sale and its fight against Big Tech; sign up to volunteer or donate.