BOSTON/State House - The annual Workers Memorial Day, in commemoration of employees who have died on the job in Massachusetts over the last year, was held on the steps of the State House on Monday.
BOSTON/Financial District - The Campaign for a Debt-Free Future hit out at the growing levels of student debt in a rally outside the US Department of Education (DOE) in Boston on Friday.
Social Workers – Dorchester
Brockton, Mass. - A Brockton man is suing that city and several members of its police department after he was allegedly assaulted and wrongfully arrested during a traffic stop in 2012.
Ben Silveus filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston at the end of March against Sgt. Mark Celia, and Officers William Schlieman and Eric Burke, for what he claims were violations of his rights under both state and federal statutes.
Cambridge, Mass. - An employee at the Harvard University Mail Services (HUMS) is claiming that management in her department is retaliating against her after she previously spoke out against alleged sexual harassment in her workplace.
Johany Pilar alleges that management is now “punishing” her due to the complaints she made against a colleague in 2012, and because she also claimed she was disciplined by management for making that initial complaint.
BOSTON - Workers who clean train and bus stations are concerned that changes to their service contract that go into effect this fall, could lead to significant layoffs.
Boston Jobs Coalition – Downtown Crossing
The Boston Jobs Coalition continued protests at the construction site of a new building at the historic Filene’s Basement in Downtown Boston on Monday last week. As previously reported by Open Media Boston, the coalition is critical of hiring practices for people of color and women at the site. They claim that the developer, Millennium Partners, has broken city hiring laws, and hasn’t contributed mandatory affordable housing payments.
Budget4All – Boylston St.
Harvard students and supporters hit out at the university’s management of plantations it owns near the Iberá wetlands in Argentina in a campus demonstration on Friday last week.
BOSTON/State House - The Mass. House of Representatives passed a new bill on Wednesday that would see the current state minimum wage of $8 an hour rise to $10.50 an hour by 2016.