Public Hearing Highlights Unemployment Reform Needs at State Level

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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’ access to unemployment insurance. The Commission is…

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

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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 working conditions. It is now the 2nd…

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

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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 employees already signing authorization cards, union recognition…

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Party at the Picket Line

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Dispatch: Week 11 at the St. Vincent Hospital strike By Matthew Erlich https://videopress.com/v/B2s7vikr?preloadContent=metadata Video provided by Worcester DSA 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 nurses…

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The Invisible Workforce of Delivery-Only Kitchens

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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 of an existing brick-and-mortar location, but the…

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Taking the Pulse of the St. Vincent Strike

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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.  Since the strike began in March,…

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Strong Safety Net Supports Striking Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital

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An Argument for a Permanently Expanded Social Safety Net By Matthew Erlich With news breaking on April 22 that the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Tenet Healthcare will be resuming talks in the coming days, after prolonged stalemate, it's worth reflecting on a key development that may have played a role in forcing the company’s hand. On April 9, the striking nurses…

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Lessons From Bessemer Part 8: Joshua Brewer Responds to Outside Critics

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By Working Mass In a lengthy interview with LaborNotes, Joshua Brewer, the head RWDSU organizer on the Bessemer campaign, provides a detailed and valuable account of the campaign from the union’s perspective. He pushes back against critics like McAlevey and argues that the campaign was a worthwhile initiative despite the disappointing result. Brewer disputes the characterization of the campaign as a…

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Film review: I AM SOMEBODY (1970)

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By Dan Albright I AM SOMEBODY (1970) dir. Madeline Anderson. The Boston DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group, Afrosocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, and Labor Working Group sponsored a virtual public screening of I AM SOMEBODY on April 10, 2021. “I may be poor—but I AM SOMEBODY,” the striking hospital workers cheered, inspiring the title for filmmaker Madeline Anderson’s landmark 1970…

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Lessons From Bessemer Part 7: Charmaine Chua Argues Taking On Amazon Requires Uniting Amazonians

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By Working Mass Charmaine Chua, an organizer with Amazonian’s United, argues in Jacobin that taking on Amazon will take more than organizing one shop at a time.  Chua investigates what the logistics revolution means for unionizing, drawing lessons from the work of unionized Amazon workers in Germany. She also goes over some of the experiences of Amazonians United, including how that…

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