The St. Vincent’s Nurses Strike Isn’t Just a Labor Struggle, It’s a Community Struggle

By Alexandra Bruns-Smith One year into the coronavirus pandemic, St. Vincent nurses show that their fight for safer staffing levels is part of a critical need to support the health and welfare of our nurses, patients, and communities.  On March 8, 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., began an open-ended strike, demandingContinue reading “The St. Vincent’s Nurses Strike Isn’t Just a Labor Struggle, It’s a Community Struggle”

Bakery Workers Rise Together: How to Support the Fired Hoff’s Employees

By Colleen Koperek ———————————————————————————————————————– UPDATED March 25, 2021 with a message from Allie Rojas, a community organizer at La Comunidad:  On Tuesday, March 9 we delivered the petition with over 400 signatures to Hoff’s. We gave Vincent Fraturra a week (Tuesday, March 16) to respond to the workers requests to meet with them. We haveContinue reading “Bakery Workers Rise Together: How to Support the Fired Hoff’s Employees”

Massachusetts Democratic Socialists of America Statement on the St. Vincent Nurses Strike

We, as DSA members in Boston, Worcester and throughout Massachusetts, are outraged by St. Vincent Hospital’s complete disregard for the welfare of patients and nurses alike, but we are inspired by the resilience and courage of the MNA nurses. After years of being pushed to the brink and having their calls for better working conditionsContinue reading “Massachusetts Democratic Socialists of America Statement on the St. Vincent Nurses Strike”

DSA in Office: Interview with Erika Uyterhoeven

By Ricky Crano This interview has been lightly edited for clarity Ricky Crano (RC): So, you’ve just been elected to serve as a State Representative for the 27th Middlesex, covering much of Somerville. You brought up labor issues frequently throughout your campaign. Can you share why you care about the labor movement? Erika Uyterhoeven (EU):Continue reading “DSA in Office: Interview with Erika Uyterhoeven”

DSA in Office: Interview with JT Scott

By Brian Zug This interview has been lightly edited for clarity Brian Zug (BZ): Would you give a brief description of your role as an elected official, and then compare that to your role as an activist and organizer? JT Scott (JTS): As City Councilor, I am an elected member of our legislative branch, accountableContinue reading “DSA in Office: Interview with JT Scott”

DSA in Office: Interview with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler

By Evan Fleischer This interview has been lightly edited for clarity Evan Fleischer (EF): First things first: how long have you been on the Cambridge City Council, and how long is your term? Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler (JSW): This is my first term on the Council. I was elected in November 2019 and started in January 2020,Continue reading “DSA in Office: Interview with Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler”

Boston DSA and Worcester DSA Stand In Solidarity With Saint Vincent MNA Nurses

By Joe Herosy Boston DSA, Worcester DSA, and Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) members joined the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) in Worcester on Monday to stand out for the healthcare workers at Saint Vincent Hospital.  Present were two members of the BDSA Labor Working Group who are also members of the MTA. It was great toContinue reading “Boston DSA and Worcester DSA Stand In Solidarity With Saint Vincent MNA Nurses”

Justice To-Go: Marty Walsh Must Champion Workers in RESTAURANTS Act

by Colleen Koperek We as Boston DSA members are in a unique position to push for workers to be included in upcoming bailout legislation. We have not only incoming Secretary of Labor, former Mayor of Boston and Union man himself, Marty Walsh, starting his new gig but noted progressive, Representative Ayanna Pressley, MA-7, representing us.Continue reading “Justice To-Go: Marty Walsh Must Champion Workers in RESTAURANTS Act”

DSA in Office: Interview with Ben Ewen-Campen

By Shayna Take This interview has been lightly edited for clarity Shayna Take (ST): You are a member of the Somerville City Council, ward three, and you’re on a few committees. Somerville is a pretty unique community and it looks like the City Council could have a leftist majority in this upcoming cycle: what wouldContinue reading “DSA in Office: Interview with Ben Ewen-Campen”

Transit Union Members Organize to Defend Public Transportation

by Michael Ruiz The urgency of the fight to protect and preserve our public transportation infrastructure has reached a critical tipping point, and we must work together to defend the MBTA.  As the year 2021 has just begun, the MBTA announced it will begin furloughs of workers in the coming months to make up forContinue reading “Transit Union Members Organize to Defend Public Transportation”