Join the Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance Hearing on Tuesday at 7:15pm!

As an ECCO board member, I am blessed also to be involved with one of ECCO’s key allies, the North Shore Labor Council (NSLC).  I am writing to invite you to an important Lynn City Council Hearing on Tuesday Night on the Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance.

Wage theft is the illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work, including violating minimum wage laws, not paying overtime, denying earned sick time, and more.  Unfortunately, it is an enormous problem both in MA and across the country. According to recent estimates, dishonest MA employers steal more than $700 million from workers each year.  When wage theft occurs, unscrupulous employers use myriad tactics not only to steal from workers but also to rob municipal and state coffers of needed revenue to fund services we all need. It undercuts honest businesses when the playing field is not level.

Local residents pushing for the Wage Theft Ordinance at Lynn City Hall

To address this problem, NSLC has worked together with the Lynn Worker’s Center to craft a Wage Theft Ordinance for the city of Lynn.  The Lynn City Council is expected to discuss and vote on the ordinance next week, and we need YOUR support to make sure it gets passed.

Hearing and Vote on Lynn Wage Theft Ordinance

When: Tuesday, March 13 at 7:15pm

Where: Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA

What: Join ECCO and NSLC to stand with Lynn workers and citizens for a public hearing and expected vote by the Lynn City Council.  With this win, NSLC and ECCO can join with others to introduce this type of ordinance in other cities and towns and help send out the message that WAGE THEFT HAS NO PLACE in our region!

Contact: For more information, contact Katie Cohen at (781) 595-2538 or Bob Reynolds at (781) 884-7336 or

Hope to see you there!

Bob Reynolds

Upcoming Events

Lynn Only: Prep Meeting for Meeting with Captain Vail, Lynn PD

Monday, March 12th, 7pm, St. Stephen’s

If you are hoping to participate in our meeting with Lynn Police Captain Vail, join us to plan that meeting, discuss our approach, and divide up roles.

Tags: Criminal Justice, Meeting with Official, Lynn

Essex/Rockport/Gloucester: Legislative Meeting with Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante*
Tuesday, March 13, on Cape Ann, place TBD
Prep meeting at 9am, Meeting with Rep. Ferrante at 10am
For more information and to RSVP, contact Barbara Kaplan,
Tags: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Meeting with Official, ECCO North

Vigil at ICE Detention Center
Sunday, March 18th, 2-3pm, South Bay Detention Center, 20 Bradson St., Boston, MA
Join people from ECCO and our partner groups across the state for a prayerful protest our government’s treatment of immigrants and the destruction of immigrant families.
Tags: Immigration, Public action, All ECCO

ECCO North Regional Team Meeting
Monday, 3/19 at 7pm, location TBD
If interested, contact Barbara Kaplan,
Tags: Criminal Justice. Immigration, Planning Meeting, Meeting with Official. ECCO North

For Lynn Residents: Meeting with Police Captain Vail on Implicit Bias and Police Diversity
Thursday, March 22nd, Sacred Heart Church, 571 Boston St.
Prep Meeting at 6pm, Meeting with Captain Vail at 7pm
RSVP required, to Rabbi Margie at  We will ask all those joining to participate in a prep meeting/call beforehand, time/place TBD.

Tags: Criminal Justice, Meeting with Official, Lynn

ECCO Community Meeting: Training on Social Movements and Preparation for Immigration Action
Thursday, April 5th, 7pm, First Church Swampscott, 40 Monument Ave, Swampscott
Join people from across ECCO’s diverse community to learn about the role of social movements in social change and prepare for our major public action to protect immigrant families.

Tags: Immigration, Public Action, Legislative, Training, Relationship Building, All ECCO

All ECCO North: Legislative Meeting with Senator Bruce Tarr*
Friday, April 6, 11am on Cape Ann, place TBD
Prep Meeting at 10am, Meeting with Senator Tarr at 11am
For more information and to RSVP, contact Barbara Kaplan,
Tags: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Meeting with Official, ECCO North

Legislative Accountability Forum with Raise Up MA
Wednesday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30pm, location TBD
Join ECCO folks and activists for economic dignity from across the North Shore to urge our elected officials to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and pass Paid Family Leave.
Tags: Economic Justice, Meeting with Officials, All ECCO

Public Action on Immigration

Thursday, April 12th or April 19th, Noon, Location TBD, Details to follow!  

Join ECCO leaders and others to state a major action to protect immigration families.  Note, we are finalizing the date asap, but several people brought to our attention that if we want children present, it might make sense to move this event (from 4/12) to school vacation week (4/19).

Tags: Immigration, Public Action, All ECCO

Active Bystander Training
Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm, North Shore UU, 323 Locust St., Danvers
Join ECCO folks and others to learn how you can respond to and safely interrupt acts of hate and discrimination.
Tags: Immigration, Training, All ECCO

MCAN Leadership Summit
Sunday, April 29th, 3-6pm, Location TBD
Join leaders from across ECCO and our affiliates across the state to set our statewide agenda for the next two years, and explore how we can be more powerful through our collaboration and solidarity with one another.

Tags: Immigration, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Strategy and Planning, Relationship Building, All ECCO

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