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”

BU Graduate Workers Build Momentum on Union Drive

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

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.