Harvard Custodial Workers Organize to Protect Their Jobs

By Michael Ruiz Last week, custodians at Harvard University rallied for a guarantee that the university will not lay off workers in the spring. Harvard does not directly employ a large portion of the custodial workers that manage the custodial services on campus. Rather, the University has contracts with several subcontractors which employ many ofContinue reading “Harvard Custodial Workers Organize to Protect Their Jobs”

Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Charter Schools Must Be Organized

By Max McCullough When I began teaching high school history at a Boston charter school in 2013 there was a mainstream consensus that charter schools were effective and should be fostered and expanded. 2010’s Waiting for Superman was the most visible public expression of a bipartisan political truism, that charter schools would save vulnerable kidsContinue reading “Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Charter Schools Must Be Organized”

Op-ed: MA Unions Must Call For General Strike if Trump Refuses to Concede

By Felipe V. Martinez President Trump has made it clear that he may not respect the outcome of the election. Advocating for workers – like the Uber and Lyft drivers my union is working to represent – is already hard enough. If we let our country slip into authoritarianism, it will be ten times moreContinue reading “Op-ed: MA Unions Must Call For General Strike if Trump Refuses to Concede”

BTU Wins Remote Learning, Demands Safe Plan

By Amanda Achin On Wednesday, October 21, the Boston Teachers Union won an enormous victory after a week of organizing against Mayor Marty Walsh’s push to keep educators and students in unsafe buildings for school. It was just a week ago that BTU sued the city of Boston after the city refused to recognize languageContinue reading “BTU Wins Remote Learning, Demands Safe Plan”

In Response To Court Set-Back, Boston Educators To Launch Occupation

By Working Mass After a minor defeat in court this week, the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) has launched a week of action to demand enforcement of their COVID19 safety contract with Boston Public Schools (BPS).  The week of action has begun with a photo campaign and calling the mayor’s office, and will continue next weekContinue reading “In Response To Court Set-Back, Boston Educators To Launch Occupation”

The Fight Over Rideshare Is Coming To Massachusetts

By Henry De Groot From California to Massachusetts In California, Uber and Lyft are spending more than 100 million dollars on a ballot initiative to strip drivers of their rights. Just a year ago, rideshare drivers in California were able to win Assembly Bill 5, or AB5, which made it clear that drivers are employeesContinue reading “The Fight Over Rideshare Is Coming To Massachusetts”

Marty Walsh Violates BPS COVID Safety Contract

By Amanda Achin & Stephen Mahood Boston Passes 4 Percent COVID19 Threshold The school year in Boston has just begun, and the city is already violating the contract they agreed to with Boston Public School educators. This Tuesday, the city reported that the rate of positive COVID19 tests citywide surpassed the 4% line that educatorsContinue reading “Marty Walsh Violates BPS COVID Safety Contract”

The Wave in the Inferno: Introducing Working Mass, a Blog About Labor and Socialism

By Lisa Xu Introducing Working Mass We are launching Working Mass, the labor blog of Boston DSA, in the midst of a national hellscape. We are six months into a pandemic that has thrown our country into the deepest recession since the 1930s, with millions of workers hanging on by the barest scraps of publicContinue reading “The Wave in the Inferno: Introducing Working Mass, a Blog About Labor and Socialism”