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Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers


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Joanie Parker

Organizing Director

WILD's Mission

  • Advocate for a vision of a labor movement that includes unions and all other organizations and people who join together to fight for the rights of working people and for social justice;

  • Strengthen women’s influence in the Massachusetts labor movement by increasing the number and diversity of women leaders, and providing them with tools to be effective organizers in their unions and organizations;

  • Increase democratic participation in the labor movement, particularly among women and people of color;

  • Help build a labor movement that operates from an activist rank-and-file perspective;

  • Build awareness of and stimulate debate about issues of racism, sexism, class, homophobia and other issues of oppression within unions and the larger labor movement.

History of WILD

WILD was founded in 1986 by a group of women labor activists and labor educators affiliated with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts University.

WILD offered its Summer Institute in 1987, co-sponsored by these five organizations. The first full-time staff person was hired in 1989. Early efforts focused on developing the Summer Institute to support activism through training, recruiting a diverse group of women participants, translation of the curriculum into Spanish (1992) and the development of a comprehensive teacher training program, based on popular education principles (1994).

In 1991, WILD incorporated into an independent non-profit organization, with a Board of Directors recruited from WILD activists and program participants.  Recruitment, training, and internal structural changes in the early 1990s enabled WILD to transition from a primarily white-run organization to a multi-racial organization with a multi-racial leadership body.

Over the years, WILD has also broadened its original labor constituency to include non-union working women and activists from community-based organizations that focus on economic justice issues. Building bridges between labor and community groups, increasing the diversity of WILD leadership, volunteers and program participants, and encouraging political and labor organizing remain priorities for WILD.



 WILD 32d Annual Summer Institute

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

June 22 - 24, 2018



November 17, 2018

 Building Bridges to Power

North Shore Labor Council Women's Committee

15th Annual Women's Solidarity Breakfast

  • Saturday December 1
  • 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • 10 Church Street, Lynn

 Free breakfast. Childcare and Spanish interpretation provided

RSVP by phone: 781-595-2538 or by email:

Download the flyer here for more information



October 6, 2018

 Support Striking Hotel Workers!

Join the picket line! Sign the petition!

Over 1500 Unite Here Local 26 members who work for the Marriott hotels are on strike. Many are women who not only work in the hotels but also do the unpaid work of parenting and maintaining their households. Local 26 women hotel workers on strike are taking leadership on the picket lines and with the media.  
This is a key time for us as WILD women and supporters to step up and show our support by signing the petition link below and joining the picket lines.
The 7 hotels where workers are striking are: The Aloft Boston Seaport District, the Element Boston Seaport District, the Ritz-Carlton Boston, the Sheraton Boston, the W Hotel Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Westin Copley Place.  There will be a big picket line at 3pm on Friday at the Ritz Carlton between the Boston Common and Chinatown. 
You can sign the pledge to support striking members of UNITE HERE by clicking here
Hotel workers called for a strike after Marriott failed to meet workers’ modest demand that One Job Should Be Enough, despite months of negotiations.

“I am striking because I have to work three jobs to try and cover all my family’s expenses,” said Brooke Melanson, a bartender at the Westin Boston Waterfront. “Just like any parent, I want time with my children to see them grow up. We hear all the time how well Marriott is doing. We want Marriott to recognize our contribution to their success.”
Marriott workers want jobs that allow them to live in Boston. They want to afford their rent, provide for their families, and retire with dignity. They want to work in safe conditions and have job security, including a say in how new technologies are introduced to the hospitality industry.
“Marriott has forced this strike. After 5 years of record profits and more than 6 months of contract talks Marriott still doesn’t get it,” said UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. “It’s our work that creates the great experience for the hotel guests. We are the reason that they keep coming back. Our demand is modest and fair, One Job Should be Enough.”