Confessions of a Liquor Store Clerk

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”

Defeat For Boston Old Guard as Progressives, Socialists Make Gains in Historic Election

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”

Emerson College Workers Fight For Fair Pay

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”

MNA Healthcare Workers Strike For Fair First Contract With Boston VNA

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”

Public Hearing Highlights Unemployment Reform Needs at State Level

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”

100 Days of Fortitude at the St. Vincent Hospital Picket Line

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”

Impending Victory At Pavement Coffeehouse: A Blueprint For Boston Café Workers

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”

Party at the Picket Line

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”

The Invisible Workforce of Delivery-Only Kitchens

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”

Taking the Pulse of the St. Vincent Strike

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”