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HAVERHILL AND MALDEN EDUCATORS STRIKE AND WIN

By Eli Gerzon Haverhill and Malden public school educators both went on strike on Monday, October 17 — the first time in decades that multiple educators’ unions have coordinated strikes in Massachusetts. Educators struck for one day in Malden and for four days in Haverhill, and union members in both districts secured new contracts andContinue reading HAVERHILL AND MALDEN EDUCATORS STRIKE AND WIN

Opinion: 100 Years On, the TUEL Is a Strong Framework for DSA’s Labor Work

By Henry De Groot The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not represent the official position of Working Mass. DSA Emerges as a Force in Labor As the Democratic Socialists of America has grown into the country’s largest socialist organization in recent memory, its work in the labor movement hasContinue reading Opinion: 100 Years On, the TUEL Is a Strong Framework for DSA’s Labor Work

Boston University Grad Workers Call for Voluntary Recognition

By Henry De Groot and Cory B BOSTON — On October 11, the Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU) called on BU president Robert Brown to voluntarily recognize their union, indicating in a letter that a “growing majority” of BU’s over 3,000 graduate student workers have signed authorization cards. BUGWU is affiliated with SEIU LocalContinue reading “Boston University Grad Workers Call for Voluntary Recognition”

Victory After Historic Boston Starbucks Strike

By Eli Gerzon Starbucks workers at 874 Commonwealth Ave have declared victory after the corporation folded on their minimum availability requirements and agreed to investigate a problematic manager,  major issues of the strike. This victory comes 64 days into the historic strike, the longest Starbucks strike in US history.  The victory shows that unionized StarbucksContinue reading Victory After Historic Boston Starbucks Strike

One Week Strike Gets Results at Watertown Starbucks

By Eli Gerzon Watertown – Greater Boston continues to be a hub of the labor movement’s growing size and boldness, as strikers at 75 Mt Auburn St in Watertown, MA launched a strike, paralleling the existing strike at the 874 Commonwealth Ave store at Boston University. The strike at the Watertown Starbucks started on Friday,Continue reading “One Week Strike Gets Results at Watertown Starbucks”

Why WPI Grad Workers Need a Union

With a supermajority of cards signed, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduate Workers’ Union is filing for a union election with the NLRB. In August, Working Mass spoke with two members of the organizing committee to discuss how the union drive got started, the impact of the pandemic and rising cost of living, and why, in the face of an administration fixated on money, a union is needed to safeguard workers, the broader WPI community, and the institution’s scientific mission.

How Foreign Private Equity Hooked New England’s Fishing Industry

by Will Sennott, Propublica Owned by a billionaire Dutch family, Blue Harvest Fisheries has emerged as a dominant force in the lucrative fishing port of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Its business model: benefit from lax antitrust rules and pass costs on to local fishermen. This story was originally published by ProPublica, in partnership with The New Bedford Light. Sign upContinue reading “How Foreign Private Equity Hooked New England’s Fishing Industry”

Sara Nelson Speaks on Strikes, Unions, and Capitalism

By Eli Gerzon This Sunday Bernie Sanders, Sara Nelson of the Association of Flight Attendants, and Sean O’Brien of the Teamsters union are speaking on Cambridge Common at 1pm. Working Mass caught up with Sara Nelson this weekend, to talk about unions, socialism, and why she’s coming to Boston. Nelson will be joining the StarbucksContinue reading “Sara Nelson Speaks on Strikes, Unions, and Capitalism”

Why is Sanders Holding a Rally In Cambridge This Sunday?

By Eli Gerzon Senator Bernie Sanders will headline a rally in Cambridge this Sunday, August 21st at 1pm, alongside Teamsters president Sean O’Brien and Association of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson. The rally is being held at the Cambridge Common, with doors opening at 12pm. You can RSVP for the rally here. The rally willContinue reading Why is Sanders Holding a Rally In Cambridge This Sunday?

Historic Starbucks Strike Places Boston At Center of Labor Revival

By Eli Gerzon Brookline Starbucks Workers Continue Historic Strike One year ago there were no unionized Starbucks in the US. Then, this company with a “progressive” reputation and billions of dollars in profits was challenged by the source of those profits: their workers. It started in late 2021 when Starbucks stores in Buffalo, NY unionized.Continue reading Historic Starbucks Strike Places Boston At Center of Labor Revival

AFL-CIO President Stumps For Boston DSA Candidate

By Henry De Groot Building Trades Canvass for Uyterhoeven SOMERVILLE – The AFL-CIO’s newly elected president Liz Shuler headlined a labor canvass for Boston DSA member and State Representative Erika Uyterhoeven this weekend. President Shuler drew supporters and riled up volunteers before hitting the doors herself. Uyterhoeven is seeking re-election as State Representative of theContinue reading “AFL-CIO President Stumps For Boston DSA Candidate”

Boston Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement

By Henry De Groot *7/15 – Article has been updated to clarify the rate of proposed pay increases. Tentative Agreement Announced at AFT Convention This morning, Boston Teachers Union (BTU) President Jessica Tang announced that the union had reached a tentative agreement with the City of Boston. BTU members have been working for 11 monthsContinue reading “Boston Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement”

Neo-Nazi March In Boston Shows Increasing Threat of Far-Right

by Henry De Groot De Groot shows last weekend’s fascist demonstration as part of serious escalation in fascist organizing around the US. He discusses the threat of fascism, the strategies and tactics required to defeat it, and the differences in ideology and class-basis between fascism and other far-right movements. Patriot Front Marches In Boston ThisContinue reading “Neo-Nazi March In Boston Shows Increasing Threat of Far-Right”

First Greater Boston Starbucks Unanimously Back Unionization

By Henry De Groot BROOKLINE — On Monday, two Greater Boston Starbucks stores voted unanimously to unionize. The 1304 Commonwealth Ave Starbucks in Allston voted 11-0 to unionize. The ballots of an additional 5 shift managers were challenged by the company, but the margin was such that the National Labor Relations Board certified without countingContinue reading “First Greater Boston Starbucks Unanimously Back Unionization”

Victory for Grad Workers, Left Unionists at MIT

By Henry De Groot On Wednesday, graduate student workers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) voted 1785 to 912 in support of unionizing with the MIT Graduate Student Union (MITGSU-UE), an affiliate of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).  The landslide victory overcame opposition from the university administration and setContinue reading “Victory for Grad Workers, Left Unionists at MIT”

Opinion: Bhaskar is Wrong – The Left is Not In Purgatory

By Henry De Groot Responding to Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara, who writes in a February editorial that the socialist movement is stuck in purgatory, Henry De Groot contends that the last 10 years have been marked by incredible progress and that the socialist movement continues to take steps forward, even if we have work to do.Continue reading “Opinion: Bhaskar is Wrong – The Left is Not In Purgatory”

Uyterhoeven Only Candidate To Advance To Boston DSA Endorsement Vote

By Henry De Groot On Wednesday morning, the Boston DSA Electoral Working Group (EWG) announced the results of its candidate review. The EWG screens candidates and recommends them to the chapter to finalize an endorsement. A candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m., and the endorsement vote will take placeContinue reading “Uyterhoeven Only Candidate To Advance To Boston DSA Endorsement Vote”

MNA nurses of St. Vincent Hospital vote to keep MNA union

By Ri Banks and Jacquelyn On Monday February 28th, St. Vincent nurses voted overwhelmingly to keep their union and representation with Massachusetts Nurses Association. The 10-month St. Vincent nurses strike — the longest of its kind in Massachusetts history — came to an end in early January with a stunning victory for the workers. Raises,Continue reading “MNA nurses of St. Vincent Hospital vote to keep MNA union”