Malden YWCA Receives $117K Grant for Ferryway Elementary School Program

MALDEN – Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden) and Representative Paul Donato (D – Medford/Malden) announced today that YWCA Malden has been awarded an $117,047 grant to expand their out-of-school program at Ferryway Elementary School. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant will provide out of school opportunities for Ferryway students grades K-5 through a partnership between the YWCA Malden and Malden Public Schools.

State Legislature Passes Compromise Laws Regarding Pregnant Workers, Marijuana

BOSTON – Representative Steve Ultrino (D – Malden) joined his legislative colleagues to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as well as a bill that implements consumer access to adult-use marijuana while protecting public health and safety.

After months of negotiations between industry representatives and pregnant advocates, both chambers of the State House reached compromise on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) this past week.

Representative Steve Ultrino is a member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workface Development which favorably reported on the bill in May. He is also a co-sponsor and longtime advocate of the PWFA.

“This legislation is a major step forward for women’s rights, pay equity, public health, and the economy of the Commonwealth,” said Representative Steve Ultrino. “This is one of the first bills I co-sponsored as a representative and I look forward to its passage.”

The PWFA, which has an effective date of April 1, 2018, will enhance protections for pregnant women in the workplace, by including measures that guarantee their physical safety and freedom from workplace discrimination. This bill prevents hiring discrimination for pregnant women and guarantees access to bathroom breaks, relief from living heavy objects, the right to a chair or seat when working, and other accommodations. It is a measure that will further the cause of equal opportunity across the Commonwealth. Many workers and employees alike have supported the passage of the bill.

The adult-use marijuana bill allows adults 21 years of age or older to home grow, buy, transport, possess, and use limited amounts of marijuana. It maintains the personal use provisions that were described in the 2016 marijuana ballot question, and invests money in addiction treatment.

Outreach initiatives described in the bill will provide equal opportunity in this new industry for communities most impacted by the War on Drugs. Greater equity will be achieved by not excluding those with a previous arrest, conviction, or infraction related to marijuana, unless that involved selling cannabis to a minor.

Both bills have been sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Anna Tse of Malden Receives Unsung Heroine Award

BOSTON – Anna Tse of Malden was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines. Representative Steve Ultrino (D–Malden) recommended Ms. Tse for this recognition because of her outstanding service to the City of Malden. Ms. Tse was honored with the other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to her community in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2017 in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

Anna Tse’s work has helped empower senior citizens, women, and the Chinese community in Malden. Tse has worked in political and social advocacy, and as a journalist, interpreter, and translator. She currently serves as the Community Organizer for the Metro North area on the Mass Senior Action Council. She serves as the President on its Board of Directors at YWCA Malden, an organization dedicated to fighting racism and empowering women. Tse is also a contributor to Wicked Local Malden and Sampan, New England’s only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper. Her impressive resume demonstrates her dedication to improving lives in her community.

“Anna is a wonderful organizer and advocate and a powerful force for our city,” said Representative Ultrino. “She has helped so many people in our community have a voice. I’m proud to have nominated her for the 2017 Unsung Heroine Award, and fortunate to have her as a constituent.”

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t often make the news, but make a big difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.  

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.