BOSTON/State House - Joined by several sympathetic legislators at a State House briefing on Thursday, the union representing custodians who clean MBTA stations and trains took another step in their campaign to stop what they are calling disruptive job cuts this fall. The Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ – who represent nearly twenty thousand service workers throughout New England - believe contractors are poised to lay off almost a third of the T janitors beginning September first.
BOSTON/Dorchester – The vacant two family house on Norwell Street in Dorchester stands as a reminder that the foreclosure crisis continues to haunt Boston. But starting on Saturday morning and continuing throughout the weekend, the house will be filled with the sounds of activists and media makers as Jamaica Plain based advocacy organization, City Life/Vida Urbana, occupies the property and commences a pirate radio broadcast of the proceedings.
This is number 15 in our ongoing series of local audio newscasts. “Local Edition,” the biweekly news program, is sponsored by the WMBR Radio News Department and Open Media Boston.
Massachusetts Nurses Association – State House
Adjunct Action, Northeastern University – Fenway
Adjunct faculty at Northeastern University last week voted in favor of forming a union as part of the Adjunct Action campaign of the SEIU. The adjuncts have formed the largest part-time faculty union in Boston, and along with 2,000 adjuncts at Tufts University and Lesley University, they are now united as part of the metro organizing strategy.
This is number 14 in our series of local audio newscasts: "Local Edition." The biweekly news program, sponsored by the WMBR Radio News Department and Open Media Boston, is produced by Dave Goodman.
BOSTON – Fast food workers and their supporters in the Fight for $15 and a Union campaign hit out at Burger King and other minimum-wage employers in a demonstration on Tremont St. in Boston on Thursday.
Over 400 protestors were critical of fast food jobs paying far below the city’s living wage, and are demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage across the Bay State, and the right to a form a union without retaliation from employers.
BOSTON – Calling for an affordable MBTA youth pass, a coalition of groups held a rally and march on Thursday claiming that the existing reduced fares for students shuts out many young people from riding the T.
Around 250 demonstrators marched from Park St. station to the offices of the MBTA at the Transportation Building demanding a youth pass for those between 12-21 years of age, with no time-of-day use restrictions, and costing no more than $10 per month.
For the thirteenth episode in our audio newscast collaboration with WMBR Radio in Cambridge, we feature a conversation with MIT Ph.D. student Geoffrey Supran, a leader of Fossil Free MIT, an organization of students, faculty, and staff calling for the Institute to divest its financial holdings in the fossil fuel industry.
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.