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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””
By Matt Miller 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. Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is running for Joseph Boncore’s vacated State Senate seat in a December 14th special election. The FirstContinue reading “Opinion: Lydia Edwards Doesn’t Deserve Socialists’ Energy”
By Conrad Codder In a small town a liquor store is more than a place to get booze, cigarettes and lottery tickets. It becomes that impromptu place where locals gather to catch up on news, engage in more than a little gossip and commiserate about their lives. In some cases this may be their onlyContinue reading “Confessions of a Liquor Store Clerk”
By Henry De Groot *The views expressed in the article do not represent the official position of the Boston DSA* Broad Mandate For A New Boston As national media observers have recognized, last week’s election was a big win for the progressive movement, as Michelle Wu swept the mayoral race and a slate of DSAContinue reading “Defeat For Boston Old Guard as Progressives, Socialists Make Gains in Historic Election”
By Binx Perino Two years of labor organizing started in the Service Employees International Union Local 888 office on Tremont Street, when John Albert-Moseley and Anna Feder walked in to unionize the staff workers at Emerson College. John had emergency surgery shortly after being hired by the College and didn’t have the sick hours toContinue reading “Emerson College Workers Fight For Fair Pay”
By Henry De Groot Big Gig’s tidal wave of propaganda is coming to Massachusetts. Do you remember when Michael Bloomberg’s radio and TV ads flooded the airwaves? As a presidential candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary, Bloomberg spent around $1 billion dollars—or $3 per U.S. resident—on his campaign. It seemed like his ads—on TV, radio,Continue reading “Opinion: HB1094 Is Our Best Weapon Against Uber’s Assault on Worker Rights”
By Danish Kidwai Amid prolonged negotiations for their first union contract, the 39 healthcare professionals (HCPs) at Visiting Nurse Associates Care (VNA Care) of Boston just concluded a seven day strike that interrupted home care for hundreds of patients in the greater Boston area. The HCPs at VNA Care of Boston offer countless services forContinue reading “MNA Healthcare Workers Strike For Fair First Contract With Boston VNA”
By Ariel Banks Dragging the negotiations on by giving little more than crumbs, Tenet’s likely strategy of waiting out the nurses pandemic unemployment might be backfiring…and not just for Tenet. On the Battleground in Worcester, MA Back to back talks occurred last Thursday and Friday between the nurses, MNA and Tenet. The first of which,Continue reading “Tenet’s Dismay : Another Strike Enters the Fray.”
By Molly Kivi On the importance of unemployment insurance–and how an upcoming public hearing could elevate the need for reform, to the benefit of workers and communities statewide. On July 22nd at 5pm the Commission to Study Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency will hold a public hearing about the importance of safeguarding Massachusetts workers’ accessContinue reading “Public Hearing Highlights Unemployment Reform Needs at State Level”
Second Longest Nursing Strike in Massachusetts History Clears Day 100 as Tenet Healthcare Corporation Draws Coast to Coast Criticism By Matthew Erlich The St. Vincent nurse’s strike reached a milestone last week on Tuesday, June 15. That day marked day 100 since the nurses walked out to fight for safe patient care and better workingContinue reading “100 Days of Fortitude at the St. Vincent Hospital Picket Line”
By Henry De Groot A Short Campaign On Its Way To Victory Pavement Coffeehouse seems set to be Massachusetts’ first unionized café. Last week, just days after a unionization campaign went public, management issued a statement of neutrality and agreed to recognize authorization cards, clearing the path ahead. With an apparent supermajority of 80 employeesContinue reading “Impending Victory At Pavement Coffeehouse: A Blueprint For Boston Café Workers”
Dispatch: Week 11 at the St. Vincent Hospital strike By Matthew Erlich Spirits were high at the St. Vincent Hospital picket line as DSA members joined striking nurses last Friday (May 21) at St. Vincent Hospital. Despite it being the 11th week since walking off the job to fight for safe conditions for the nursesContinue reading “Party at the Picket Line”
This article was originally published in The Dish: A Workers Rag, the newsletter of DSA’s Restaurant Organizing Project. By Henry De Groot With the increase in food delivery during the pandemic, the idea of virtual restaurants is probably familiar to most people in the food service industry by now. A virtual restaurant operates out ofContinue reading “The Invisible Workforce of Delivery-Only Kitchens”
A Report from the Picket Line By Daniel Davis The resolve of the striking St. Vincent nurses has paid off, as hospital owner Tenet Healthcare has said they will resume negotiations sometime next week. I saw firsthand how the nurses’ spirits could not be broken by slander, sleet or seven weeks on the picket line. Continue reading “Taking the Pulse of the St. Vincent Strike”