Fineberg Tenants Union Holds Rally, Demands to Bargain, as Rents Rise

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By Liam MacLean BOSTON — Tenants and supporters gathered on Saturday outside of an apartment building in Allston-Brighton to protest the refusal of their landlord, Fineberg Management, to engage in collective bargaining with the tenants.   “We are standing up together because individually, divided, the best we can do is beg. But together, we collectively bargain,” said Dan Albright of the Fineberg…

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BU Commencement Picketed for Labor and Palestine

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By Vanessa Bartlett Graduate workers from BUGWU, Residence Life workers, and graduates from the class of 2024 picketed BU's commencement ceremony on Sunday. Boston University’s 151st all-school commencement ceremony was disrupted by a walkout and picket organized in concert by both the Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU, SEIU-509) and the BU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (BU SJP). …

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BUGWU Grads Hold May Day Rally as Bargaining Continues

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By Vanessa Bartlett On Wednesday, an estimated 2000 people participated in a May Day rally with the Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU) to demand that the university provide serious responses to their contract proposals. But in a bargaining session the following day, the university continued to stall, despite some progress in the previous session. Rally participants begin marching from Marsh…

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Northeastern Students Arrested Protesting Gaza Genocide – NEU Admin Doubles Down on Disinformation

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by Vanessa Bartlett BOSTON – This morning, over 100 protesters at the Northeastern encampment were arrested after occupying Centennial Common for two days. Students chose to occupy the quad in order to pressure their university to disclose their financial ties to Israel, divest, and denounce Israel’s genocide of Palestinians. The Northeastern Liberation Zone encampment was bustling with activity ahead of mass…

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Crackdown At Emerson: A Journalist’s First Hand Account

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In a narrow alleyway, roughly 200 student protestors stood shoulder to shoulder as riot police streamed in. Their heroic stand should inspire us all. By Henry De Groot THEATER DISTRICT - It’s been a long time since anyone called this part of town the Combat Zone. That name recalls a grittier Boston of the 80s and 90s in which peep shows…

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“Meet us at the BORGaining table”: BU RA’s Join the Picket Line on Marathon Weekend

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By Vanessa Bartlett BU’s Reslife Union and Grad Workers Union gathered for a rally at Marsh Plaza on Friday BOSTON - The Boston University Reslife Union joined BU Graduate Workers on strike, walking out during the Boston Marathon weekend, which they describe as the busiest weekend of the year for Reslife workers.  “You may know, Halloweekeend, Saint Patrick’s Day are huge…

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Reform Caucus Launches Suit Against UFCW, Seeks 1 Member 1 Vote

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By Henry De Groot CHICAGO - Speaking at an event on the first day of Labor Notes, workers from Essential Workers For Democracy (EW4D) announced a lawsuit by two rank and file members which they are bringing against the United Food and Commercial Workers international (UFCW). “UFCW’s system is rigged to keep certain rank and file members’ voices quiet, just as…

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Blue Bottle Workers Go Independent, File for Union Election

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Blue Bottle Independent Workers pose after going public with their campaign. By Vanessa Bartlett Last week, Blue Bottle Independent Union (BBIU) launched their union campaign publicly with demonstrations at the chain’s cafes in Chestnut Hill, Kendall Square, Harvard Square, Newbury Street, and the Prudential Center. Then on Monday, cafe workers from five of the six Blue Bottle locations in the Boston…

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Striking BU Graduate Workers Demand More for Parents and Families

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Rev. Blair Stowe, 4th year PhD candidate at BU School of Theology, pictured with her family. By Vanessa Bartlett Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU), represented by SEIU-509, have been on strike for over a week. This past Friday, members of BUGWU brought their loved ones to the picket line for a “family day”, to raise awareness for graduate workers who…

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BU Graduate Workers Set to Strike on Monday

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By Vanessa Bartlett This past Wednesday, graduate workers from Boston University reaffirmed their intentions to go on strike starting Monday, March 25. A rally is scheduled for Monday at 12pm at Marsh Plaza.  On March 12, members of the Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU), represented by SEIU-509, voted 90% in favor of strike authorization. Graduate workers’ reasons for walking out…

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