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By Eli Gerzon Boston – Last week, a lively crowd of a few hundred rallied on Marsh Plaza at Boston University in support of Boston University Graduate Workers United (BUGWU). The union went public this month and is now building up support in the lead-up to eventually filing for a vote to unionize. Speakers talkedContinue reading “BU Graduate Workers Build Momentum on Union Drive“
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“
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”
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.
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”
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”
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?“
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“
By Agnes Smedley Picketing in the Heat Brookline– The doors are locked and the lights are off at the Starbucks at 874 Commonwealth Ave across from Boston University, as the workers strike until further notice. Working Mass joined Starbucks workers braving 90-degree temperatures on the picket line in front of the store on Wednesday, theContinue reading “Workers Strike Brookline Starbucks”
By Michael Gutierrez Jamaica Plain: Workers at the grocery store City Feed & Supply voted to form a union this past June. The vote came on the heels of an outpouring of local support and rode the wave of a national unionizing trend in business sectors not traditionally associated with union representation. The vote wasContinue reading “City Feed Workers Seek First Contract”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
On March 26, labor academics, journalists, and scholars joined with union members and leaders for the annual Boston Labor Conference in Dorchester.
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”
Graduate student workers at Clark University in Worcester have voted 100 to 7 to join the Teamsters in a union election.
Working Mass spoke with three members of IUPAT DC 35 about the picket outside the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel, which is paying out-of-state, non-union workers to renovate rooms at substandard wages.
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”
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”
Clark University Graduate Workers United (CUGWU-Teamsters) gathered with supporters on campus Wednesday to urge the administration to voluntarily recognize their union.
We spoke with William Westgard-Cruice and Patrick Geiger, two members of the CUGWU-Teamsters organizing committee, about what drove their decision to organize, the administration’s “mental gymnastics,” and how grad student workers fit into the labor movement.
Graduate student workers at Clark University in Worcester have formally announced their intent to unionize with Teamsters Local 170.
Working Mass has collected short pieces from Massachusetts DSA chapter leaders and core members reflecting briefly on their chapters’ wins and weaknesses in 2021 and then detailing some of the big projects, important struggles, and political conditions they expect this year. The purpose of this is to encourage strategic thought and discussion within and acrossContinue reading “2021 and 2022: What DSA Is Building Across Massachusetts”
WORCESTER — Early Friday night, the Massachusetts Nurses Association announced a tentative agreement had been reached with Tenet Healthcare Corporation to end the nine-month nurses strike at St. Vincent Hospital. Pending ratification by the union’s membership at the hospital, the agreement provides safe staffing improvements and guarantees all nurses the right to return to theirContinue reading “St. Vincent Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement as Strike Nears 300 Days”
Opinion: What Is DSA’s Role in a Broader Progressive Movement? A Response to Matt Miller’s “Lydia Edwards Doesn’t Deserve Socialists’ Energy”
By Beth Huang The views expressed in this article are the author’s own, and do not represent the official position of Boston DSA, its working groups, National DSA, or the National Political Committee. I am responding to Boston DSA member and nationally elected leader Matt Miller’s provocative statement that socialists should not spend their timeContinue reading “Opinion: What Is DSA’s Role in a Broader Progressive Movement? A Response to Matt Miller’s “Lydia Edwards Doesn’t Deserve Socialists’ Energy””