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By adamg - 9/20/21 - 9:52 pm
Globe employees with signs

Members of the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents the newsroom and advertising staff at the Globe, stood outside WBUR's auditorium at Comm. Ave. and St. Paul Street this evening as Globe CEO Linda Pizzuti Henry was inside speaking on a panel titled "Trailblazers: Women news leaders from Katherine Graham to today," led by NPR's Robin Young - who asked if she wanted to say anything about the guild's lack of a contract for three years now. Henry said the panel was not the place to discuss labor issues.

By adamg - 9/6/21 - 3:02 pm

On Sept. 6, 1886, Boston held its first Labor Day parade: Several thousand cigar makers, carpenters, painters, roofers, sheet-metal workers, mechanics, hat makers, newspaper pressmen and other workers started marching at 9:30 a.m. through Park Square and other parts of Boston Proper, ending up on Atlantic Avenue, where they boarded steamers for the ride to Downer Landing in Hingham - sort of the Salem Willows of its day - for a daylong picnic. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/21 - 11:45 am

A registered nurse pursued by an angry woman who tagged Children's Hospital in a Facebook rant after learning the nurse had gotten a job there can continue her suit against the hospital under a state law intended to protect victims of domestic violence and harassment, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today. Read more.

By adamg - 8/23/21 - 11:35 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a Canton country club that withheld a 10% "service charge" from workers at private events may have to hand the money over to the workers because, come on, anybody reading a contract with that phrase would assume the money is meant for tips. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/21 - 10:39 am

The Boston Carmen's Union, Local 589, vowed yesterday to fight any requirement to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination without something in return from the T. Read more.

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By adamg - 8/12/21 - 7:14 pm

While the Boston Teachers Union gave its immediate support to acting Mayor Kim Janey's impending vaccination mandate for city workers, Boston Firefighters Local 718 is saying tonight it may fight the order, not because it opposes vaccination but because the requirement represents a change in working conditions without any bargaining. Read more.

By adamg - 8/12/21 - 3:09 pm

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced today that the city will phase in a mandatory vaccination requirement for its 18,000 employees over the next two months. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/21 - 11:58 pm

The president of Boston Firefighters Local 718 says the union is willing to fight any city policy requiring employees to get Covid-19 shots - unless the city gives members some form of compensation. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/21 - 4:41 pm
Toppled crane at VFW Parkway

Gary, of the eponymous liquor store on VFW Parkway, reports nobody was hurt when a lift toppled over at a small residential development under construction next to the Shell station on VFW Parkway inbound in West Roxbury this afternoon. In addition to a news helicopter, the fallen lift attracted kids from the nearby Hynes Field.

By adamg - 6/22/21 - 4:09 pm

WBZ Newsradio reports a year after the feds approved money for unemployment for people who normally wouldn't qualify - gig workers and freelancers - the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development is now trying to claw some of that money back, demanding up to $30,000 in repayments from some people.

Some freelancers said they resorted to self-medicating to deal with the stress of unexpectedly owing thousands, or had even become suicidal.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 11:24 am

WGBH reports on a unionization effort among workers at Pavement Coffeehouse. If successful, they would be the first local coffeehouse workers in a union.

By adamg - 5/6/21 - 10:41 pm

Live Boston reports on an incident at Boston Children's Hospital last night that sent a worker to a nearby trauma center with serious injuries.

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 1:13 pm
Chart showing drop in payroll in Boston over 2020

From BPDA report.

The BPDA says unemployment in Boston dropped from a peak of 16.1% in June to a still high 7.4% in December - but in a new report says there's an important caveat with that decrease: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/21 - 9:10 am

Dan Kennedy reports that reporters at Stat, the Globe's medical and biotech Web site, have joined the Newspaper Guild.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 12:04 am

Adam Castiglioni reports union workers protesting the use of non-union staff to remodel the Copley Square Hotel have ditched the traditional giant inflatable rat for a giant inflatable bedbug: Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 6:06 pm

WBUR reports a senior Baker aide accused teachers of trying to push old people and people with serious underlying conditions out of the way in their mad dash to get vaccinated now that the state is going to force all schools to return to in-class learning and the governor isn't having it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/21 - 11:00 am

Northeastern University announced today it's planning on fully re-opening its Boston campus for the fall semester, although students and staff will still need to keep those faces covered and maybe even come in for some Covid-19 testing. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/21 - 9:42 am

The move comes the morning after Pres. Biden said he was telling states to add school workers to the top of their priority lists, something Gov. Baker had steadfastly refused to do. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 10:47 am

Last October, Stephen Brussard sued Harvard in federal court in Boston, alleging he was fired as a maintenance worker for blowing the whistle on managers having other employees work on their homes. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 10:26 am

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office reports fining the Red Hat, 9 Bowdoin St. $79,790 for "violating the state’s wage and hour and earned sick time laws." Read more.

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