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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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UFCW 2023 Convention: My Experience Fighting for a More Democratic Union

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by Iris Scott The 9th UFCW International Convention was both infuriating and inspiring - that was my experience as a rank-and-file member serving as a delegate and pushing for reform within UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers International Union). The primary camps in opposition at the convention were the ironically named Members First uncontested slate fighting to maintain the status quo…

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Workers Unite at First Amazon Picket in Massachusetts 

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By Tarang Saluja and Eli Gerzon  Norwood, MA — On Saturday, July 8, between the early hours of 4 am to 8 am, Massachusetts saw its first Amazon picket. Teamsters and roughly 200 supporters from other unions and socialist organizations stood in solidarity to block about six tractor-trailers from entering the DCB4 Amazon warehouse in Norwood, Massachusetts. All tractor-trailer drivers chose to…

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OPINION: Despite Controversy, Rail Workers are Winning Paid Sick Leave

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By Paul Garver and Eli Gerzon DISCLAIMER: The entire Working Mass board appreciates the research and reporting that went into this important article and of course the big wins for rail workers across the US. However, some members of the board strongly disagree with some of the analysis in the article especially regarding the actions by members of Democratic Socialists of…

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Protests Greet South Korea’s Union-Busting President in Boston and Cambridge

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CAMBRIDGE – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, a union buster, warmonger, and avowed “anti-feminist,” was met with a series of protests in Massachusetts on Friday. Here on a six-day state visit to the United States, earlier in the week, Yoon had charmed Washington by serenading President Joe Biden with a rendition of Don McLean's “American Pie.” Yet Yoon sings a different…

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MIT Grad Union Rallies for Precedent Setting Contract

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By Oriana R. Cambridge, MA -  On April 14, MIT graduate student workers showed they aren’t afraid to fight for bold demands against a union-busting administration. Negotiations for their first union contract are heating up, as workers circled and chanted during admitted students' Spring Preview Weekend. The rally is an important sign that the workers will not bend under pressure to…

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Report Back: Maine DSA 2023 Convention

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By Maine DSA Communications Committee Originally published in Pine & Roses, a project of the Maine DSA. On the weekend of January 21-22, Maine DSA held its first of two semi-annual conventions for 2023. Over the course of a chapter convention weekend, members gather both in-person and online for workshops on a range of topics, as well as business meetings where resolutions and amendments…

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Stolen Wages Returned for 3 Hotel Workers, Highlighting Need To Fight Wage Theft

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By Paul Garver Metrowest Worker Center Recovers Wages for 3 Hotel Workers Wakefield, MA — On December 20th, workers and supporters demanded managers pay back wages when they made a surprise visit at the Five Points Marriott Hotel in Wakefield. The action got results: three days later, three Brazilian immigrant workers confirmed that they had received their paychecks. It's estimated $800…

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Tufts RA Union Wins Big in NLRB Election

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By Oriana R. Medford, MA  - Undergraduate resident assistants at Tufts University voted to unionize on December 14, 2022 after a semester of organizing, certifying United Labor of Tufts Resident Assistants (ULTRA) as the bargaining representative of all Tufts RAs. Years of complaints and inaction from the university came to a head during Fall 2022 RA training. Working conditions had become…

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