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Resolution Affirming The Rights of Graduate Student Workers to Organize for Fair Working Conditions

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Docket 0679

WHEREAS: Boston College relies upon the labor of student workers to educate its students,assist its faculty, and produce research that increases the global standing of theUniversity; andWHEREAS: On September 12 and 13, 2017, graduate student workers voted to form theirunion, Boston College Graduate Employee Union (BCGEU-UAW), in a fair andopen election; andWHEREAS: Boston College has refused every request by BCGEU-UAW to bargain a faircontract to address the demands of graduate workers at the University; andWHEREAS: No worker can do their job well without fair compensation, sufficient health anddental insurance, and a fair procedure for adjudicating workplace harassment anddiscrimination; andWHEREAS: The faith tradition of Boston College as a Jesuit institution, through CatholicSocial Teaching, strongly supports the dignity of work and the rights of workers,including their rights to organize and join unions; andWHEREAS: In September 2018, Boston College graduate workers exercised [ more ]

Resolution Affirming The Rights of Journalists As Workers And The Need For A Free Press

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Docket 0460

WHEREAS: Democracy depends on a free press to promote the open exchange of ideas, promote debate and critical reflection, question authority, lift up and remember history and the stories of neighborhoods, and to seek, discover, analyze and share information that affects residents’ lives and wellbeing; andWHERAS: With the evolution of technology, consolidation of media outlets, increased used of freelance agents and ever-changing play field, many members of the press have experienced unstable working conditions and uncertain futures; andWHEREAS: Recently, amidst criticism from the White House of individual journalists and the news media as an institution, the Boston Globe led outlets nationwide in a series of editorials reminding our society of the importance of the press; andWHEREAS: Journalists and content creators are workers, with rights to reasonable pay, benefits, Hours, job security, and the right to declare and investigate grievances; [ more ]

Resolution to The Establishment of an Independent Commission on Equal Opportunity and Elimination of Systematic Bias in the Workplace

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Docket 1811

Whereas: Every employee of the City of Boston deserves a safe and healthy workplace, free of structural bias and swift in addressing incidents of racism, sexism, or discrimination by age, orientation, origin or ability; andWhereas: A welcoming workplace in which all employees can thrive is a stronger workplace, respecting and maximizing internal talent and elevating cultural competency for employees who are obliged to offer their service, free of bias, to the diverse peoples of Boston; andWhereas: Harassment and discrimination can have many harmful impacts on employees,including behavioral health issues, and negatively impact the reputation of a particular agency, department, and workplace.Whereas: The City of Boston has put into place training and prevention protocols to avert discrimination and harassment among employees; yet, many structural, racial and gender-based issues still exist including harassment, discrimination, retaliation,exclusion, and hostility; andWhereas: Recognizing and correcting [ more ]

Resolution to support equitable access to homeownership through fair lending and a strong community reinvestment act

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Docket 1510

WHEREAS: The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was enacted on October 12, 1977 to end the practice of “redlining” by financial institutions where they would draw a red line on a map around neighborhoods they did not want to offer financial services; andWHEREAS: Before the enactment of the CRA, redlining made it near impossible for low- and moderate-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and their neighborhoods to access credit services, such as mortgages and business loans, regardless of their qualifications or creditworthiness; andWHEREAS: The CRA establishes a regulatory regime for monitoring the level of ending, investments, and service sin low-and moderate-income neighborhoods traditionally underserved by lending institutions, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reviewing nationally chartered banks and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Board, both of whom examine state-chartered banks; andWHEREAS: Federal [ more ]

Resolution in support of the Latina Circle earmark in state budget

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Docket 0852

WHEREAS: The Latina Circle (TLC) is a Boston-based, non-profit social venture founded in 2012 with a goal of advancing Latina leaders across various industries into positions of power and influence; and,WHEREAS: In 2017, TLC launched Amplify Latinx, a non-partisan, collaborative movement focused on significantly increasing Latino civic engagement and representation in elected and appointed positions, board and commissions, and in corporate leadership in Massachusetts; and,WHEREAS: Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in Massachusetts representing over 11% of the population, and 20% of Boston’s residents. However, they are underrepresented in policy making roles, nonprofit boards and government offices; and,WHEREAS: Recent data shows that in Massachusetts Latinos face the largest income and wealth gap in the country and that Latina women have the largest gender pay gap earning only 54 cent to the $1.00 earned by white men; and,WHEREAS: Amplify Latinx [ more ]

Resolution to support restoration and increase of matching funds for the Community Preservation Act.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Docket 0773

WHEREAS: In November 2016, a strong majority of Boston voters approved the Community preservation Act (CPA, and;WHEREAS: The Community Preservation Act provides municipalities with a unique instrument to finance housing, open space and historic preservation, and;WHEREAS: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides matching funds to local CPA projects via the Community Preservation Trust, a fund created by the Registry of Deeds filing fee; and,WHEREAS: Boston has recently moved forward implementing the Community Preservation Act by forming a Community Preservation Committee and establishing an initial funding round, and;WHEREAS: Boston is facing a housing crisis, necessitating new and expanded tools to address issues of affordability, displacement and homelessness, and;WHEREAS: The Department of Revenue has recently estimated a record-low state match from the Community Preservation Act Trust Fund, and;WHEREAS: When residents cannot find safe, stable, and affordable housing, the City and State absorb [ more ]

Resolution to promote human rights, free speech and government accountability in Honduras

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Docket 0678

WHEREAS: The City of Boston has had and maintains a long and proud history as a City that supports, values and respects its immigrants, regardless of their status of documentation, and refugees escaping war, civil unrest and natural disasters; andWHEREAS: The City of Boston has also been a proud and vocal supporter of the struggle for human rights in all parts of the world; andWHEREAS: The Central American nation of honduras has been experiencing an unprecedented level of insecurity and violence, including widespread impunity and erosion of public trust in the authorities and the justice system; andWHEREAS: In the aftermath of the election there were 192 repressed demonstrations, resulting in over 1,250 arrests, 38 people killed, 393 people injured, 76 victims of torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, 15 journalists assaulted, 24 individuals in preventative detention as political prisoners, [ more ]

Resolution to Support Restoration and Increase of Matching Funds for The Community Preservation Act.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Docket 0627

WHEREAS: In November 2016, a strong majority of Boston voters approved the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and;WHEREAS: The Community Preservation Act provides municipalities with a unique instrument to finance housing, open space and historic preservations, and;WHEREAS: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides matching funds to local CPA Projects via the Community Preservation Trust, a fund created by the Registry of Deeds filing fee; and,WHEREAS: Boston has recently moved forward in implementing the Community Preservation act by forming a Community Preservation Committee and establishing an initial funding round, and;WHEREAS: Boston is facing a housing crisis, necessitating new and expanded tools to address issues of affordability, displacement and homelessness, and;WHEREAS: The Department of Revenue has recently estimated a record-low state match from the Community Preservation Act Trust Fund, and;WHEREAS: When residents cannot find safe, stable and affordable housing, the City and State [ more ]

Resolution honoring Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizing his contribution to the City of Boston and to the United States of America

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Docket 0537

WHEREAS: On the evening of April 9th, 1968, one of the country’s most beloved and impactful civil rights leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee; andWHEREAS: Fifty years later, the legacy of Dr. King continues to inspire people of color and all Americans, adults, children, low-income people, people of faith and all people of conscience to campaign for human dignity until such basic rights as food, water, stable housing, equality at work and home and fair access to public transportation are basic guarantees; andWHEREAS: Dr. King was a central figure in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Council and numerous effort to fight for desegregation, voting and economic justice; andWHEREAS: Dr. King spent years in Boston as a student at Boston University, as a [ more ]

Resolution to Support the March for Our Lives and Comprehensive Action to Halt the Epidemic of Gun Violence

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Docket 0336

WHEREAS: The failure to regulate the use and ownership of lethal weapons presents an ongoing and mortal risk to young people, residents of low-income communities, people of color and all Americans;WHEREAS: On February 14, 2018 gun violence took the lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; andWHEREAS: According to the New York Times and the Gun Violence archive, at least 239 school shootings have taken place since the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT, claiming the lives of at least 138 individuals; andWHEREAS: The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 from a gunshot wound inspired millions to take to the streets to protest racism and affirm the sanctity of every life, including black lives; andWHEREAS: In 2017, according to the Gun Violence Archive, gun-related deaths [ more ]

Resolution Supporting Boston Logan Airport Workers' Strike

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Docket 0266

WHEREAS: Nearly 500 Logan Airport workers employed by JetBlue’s subcontractors FSS and ReadyJet have announced their intention to strike in the coming days, and;WHEREAS: Subcontracted airport workers like wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaner, and customer service agents keep Boston Logan Airport up and running every day while making low wages and few, if any, benefits, and;WHEREAS: Airport workers have been forced to file charges for illegal surveillance, threats and intimidation of workers who are organizing for workplaces changes, and;WHEREAS: JetBlue’s subcontractors FSS and ReadyJet are repeat offenders of illegal, unfair labor practices and have been cited by Massachusetts and federal agencies, and;WHEREAS: The higher wages, benefits and union representation that these airport workers are organizing for would benefit the families they support and the Boston communities that they are a part of, and;WHEREAS: Workers in this country have a legal [ more ]