Opinion: MA AGO Settlement With Uber, Lyft Does Not Go Far Enough

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The views expressed in this article are the authors' own and do not represent the official position of Working Mass. Members of Massachusetts Drivers United write that the recent settlement fails to enforce full employee rights for all app-based workers By Kelly Cobb-Lemire, Ryan Francis, and Henry De Groot Last week, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced a settlement with…

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Opinion: Election 2024 – A Chess Move, Not A Valentine

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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not represent the official position of Working Mass. This article was originally published on Stansbury Forum. By Rand Wilson When I heard that Bernie Sanders was going to run for president in 2015, I became a “born again Democrat.” Through my experience of the Bernie campaign, I have completely…

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Somerville Community Members Rally to Support Union; City Council Votes to Protect Management

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This article republished with permission from SupportSMEA.org. It reflects events as of June 19th. By Daniel Wong Marianne Walles, a vice president of SEIU Local 509 and 2019 Somerville mayoral candidate spoke at the event. Photo credit: Rand Wilson SOMERVILLE - On June 18, 2024, the Somerville Municipal Employees Association – the main city union – publicly demanded that the city…

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BTU Fights Statewide School Defunding; Rallies at District’s Doorstep

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By Nick Lavin BTU paraprofessionals hold a banner during their June 4th rally. Across the state, school districts are slashing teaching and support staff positions. Hundreds have already been laid off across the state with more to come, while 70% of Boston schools might see cuts. It is in this context that the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is bargaining for its…

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“Meet us at the BORGaining table”: BU RA’s Join the Picket Line on Marathon Weekend

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By Vanessa Bartlett BU’s Reslife Union and Grad Workers Union gathered for a rally at Marsh Plaza on Friday BOSTON - The Boston University Reslife Union joined BU Graduate Workers on strike, walking out during the Boston Marathon weekend, which they describe as the busiest weekend of the year for Reslife workers.  “You may know, Halloweekeend, Saint Patrick’s Day are huge…

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Reform Caucus Launches Suit Against UFCW, Seeks 1 Member 1 Vote

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By Henry De Groot CHICAGO - Speaking at an event on the first day of Labor Notes, workers from Essential Workers For Democracy (EW4D) announced a lawsuit by two rank and file members which they are bringing against the United Food and Commercial Workers international (UFCW). “UFCW’s system is rigged to keep certain rank and file members’ voices quiet, just as…

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Blue Bottle Workers Go Independent, File for Union Election

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Blue Bottle Independent Workers pose after going public with their campaign. By Vanessa Bartlett Last week, Blue Bottle Independent Union (BBIU) launched their union campaign publicly with demonstrations at the chain’s cafes in Chestnut Hill, Kendall Square, Harvard Square, Newbury Street, and the Prudential Center. Then on Monday, cafe workers from five of the six Blue Bottle locations in the Boston…

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Striking BU Graduate Workers Demand More for Parents and Families

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Rev. Blair Stowe, 4th year PhD candidate at BU School of Theology, pictured with her family. By Vanessa Bartlett Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU), represented by SEIU-509, have been on strike for over a week. This past Friday, members of BUGWU brought their loved ones to the picket line for a “family day”, to raise awareness for graduate workers who…

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BU Graduate Workers Set to Strike on Monday

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By Vanessa Bartlett This past Wednesday, graduate workers from Boston University reaffirmed their intentions to go on strike starting Monday, March 25. A rally is scheduled for Monday at 12pm at Marsh Plaza.  On March 12, members of the Boston University Graduate Workers Union (BUGWU), represented by SEIU-509, voted 90% in favor of strike authorization. Graduate workers’ reasons for walking out…

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Working Mass Speaks with Evan MacKay

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Evan MacKay speaks on the lessons they learned in the labor movement, and the value of labor leaders serving as public servants. By Oriana R. Evan MacKay is running for state representative in Cambridge’s 25th Middlesex District. They are challenging incumbent Rep. Marjorie Decker in the Democratic state primary on September 3. Evan is a teaching fellow at Harvard University and…

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