Opinion: MA AGO Settlement With Uber, Lyft Does Not Go Far Enough

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The views expressed in this article are the authors' own and do not represent the official position of Working Mass. Members of Massachusetts Drivers United write that the recent settlement fails to enforce full employee rights for all app-based workers By Kelly Cobb-Lemire, Ryan Francis, and Henry De Groot Last week, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced a settlement with…

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Opinion: Election 2024 – A Chess Move, Not A Valentine

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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 on Stansbury Forum. By Rand Wilson When I heard that Bernie Sanders was going to run for president in 2015, I became a “born again Democrat.” Through my experience of the Bernie campaign, I have completely…

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Somerville Community Members Rally to Support Union; City Council Votes to Protect Management

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This article republished with permission from SupportSMEA.org. It reflects events as of June 19th. By Daniel Wong Marianne Walles, a vice president of SEIU Local 509 and 2019 Somerville mayoral candidate spoke at the event. Photo credit: Rand Wilson SOMERVILLE - On June 18, 2024, the Somerville Municipal Employees Association – the main city union – publicly demanded that the city…

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BTU Fights Statewide School Defunding; Rallies at District’s Doorstep

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By Nick Lavin BTU paraprofessionals hold a banner during their June 4th rally. Across the state, school districts are slashing teaching and support staff positions. Hundreds have already been laid off across the state with more to come, while 70% of Boston schools might see cuts. It is in this context that the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is bargaining for its…

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Mayor Wu Cuts City Council’s Proposed Funding for Youth Jobs, Keeps $474.3 Million for Police

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By Vanessa Bartlett BOSTON — Last Friday, members of Youth Jobs and Power Union (YJPU) rallied with other community members in front of City Hall to demand that Mayor Michelle Wu accept the budget amendments added by the Boston City Council to increase funding for youth jobs, housing and other community support programs.  The budget amendments passed by the City Council…

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Lawrence Cafeteria Workers Rally for Their Fair Share

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By Matthew Walsh Cafeteria workers in Lawrence, MA are “always the last in everything,” said Arelis Pujols. Pujols is a cafeteria worker at the Frost School in Lawrence, and she has seen cafeteria workers passed over for raises, professional development stipends, and improvements to paid time off, among other benefits. Pujols is also a steward on the bargaining committee of Lawrence…

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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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