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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Working Mass Speaks with Evan MacKay

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Evan MacKay speaks on the lessons they learned in the labor movement, and the value of labor leaders serving as public servants. By Oriana R. Evan MacKay is running for state representative in Cambridge’s 25th Middlesex District. They are challenging incumbent Rep. Marjorie Decker in the Democratic state primary on September 3. Evan is a teaching fellow at Harvard University and…

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Opinion: What’s Wrong With Labor’s New Organizing?

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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not represent the official position of Working Mass. This article was originally published by MLToday.com. By Chris Townsend Despite frequent claims that organized labor – the trade unions – are more popular than ever as measured by all manner of public opinion polls, union membership continues to decline. Many…

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Coakley, Healey Pocketed Donations From Steward Executives As AGO Enabled Private Equity Looting Of Hospital Non-Profit

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As Steward Health Care Faces Acute Crisis, A Pattern of Favorable Regulatory Rulings and Large Campaign Contributions to the Attorney General’s Office Raises Optics Of Quid-Pro-Quo By Henry De Groot Steward Health Care in Crisis When Steward Health Care announced in early December that it would close New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts in the spring of 2024, it was…

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Dining Workers Stage Walkout At Meta’s Cambridge Offices

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By Vanessa Bartlett and Oscar Strzalka Workers and community supporters picket outside of META's Cambridge offices. CAMBRIDGE, MA - About 30 cafeteria workers at Meta’s Cambridge offices staged a walkout on Friday, escalating their ongoing fight for a fair contract. The food service workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 26, have been working without a contract since Meta replaced their subcontractor…

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Historic Newton Teachers Strike Highlights Divided MA Democratic Party

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Newton Teachers Defeat Corporate Mayor After 11 Day Strike By Oriana R. and Henry De Groot “Jubilant” Newton Educators Return to Classroom NEWTON, MA - The strike of more than 2000 Newton Teachers Association (NTA) public school educators ended last Friday night with a tentative agreement, making it not only the largest, but now the longest teachers strike in recent Massachusetts…

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Hundreds Rally at Rep Clark’s Office as MA Unions Demand: “Ceasefire Now!”

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By Eli Gerzon and Henry De Groot MALDEN — More than 300 union members and community activists picketed outside the constituent offices of Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) on Wednesday evening, calling on her to endorse a ceasefire of the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza. Clark is the second most powerful Democrat in the House and has built her career as a…

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Members of DSA and other community members show their support for Starbucks Workers on Red Cup Day in November 2023

‘No Contract, No Coffee’: Starbucks Workers United Strike Hurt Holiday Sales

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By Vanessa Bartlett At the start of the holiday season, unionized Starbucks workers at hundreds of stores went on strike to demand that Starbucks sit down at the bargaining table with workers. Community members also mobilized to hand out fliers in front of non-union stores, encouraging customers to call Starbucks and share their support for workers.  Red Cup Day is an…

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