Somerville, Mass. – The Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that will be negotiated between City Hall and Union Square developer US2 runs the risk of being less than effective in delivering advantages to city residents, according to studies, critics and to a Tufts university professor familiar with CBAs.
BOSTON/South Boston - Organizers and supporters of No Boston Olympics, the local grassroots group protesting the city’s recent bid to host the 2024 summer games, gathered outside the Institute of Contemporary Art Monday night before the Boston Globe’s “‘Off the Page’ Conversations” debate between former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem representing Boston 2024, the group that formulated and submitted the city’s bid, and Chris Dempsey, co-chair of No Boston Olympics (NBO).
Somerville, Mass. - Somerville is going through changes. With the Green Line coming soon, the redevelopment of Union Square and new businesses moving into Assembly Square, property values are skyrocketing across the city.
This means that even though the residential tax rate this year is $12.61, slightly lower than last year, most residents will likely end up paying more in their base tax bill.
Somerville, Mass. – Over two dozen marching bands headed to Downtown Crossing on October 10 to raise awareness and support the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage legislation.
“The idea is that with everyone organized and music behind it, it’s really powerful, and a great way to make a statement,” Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band member Kate Rieglevanwest told Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN).
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Across Somerville and other Massachusetts communities, labor and community activists, mothers and fathers are knocking on doors and ringing bells, trying to convince their neighbors to vote “Yes” on Question 4 on Election Day.
Cambridge, MA – On Sunday’s “RADIO with a VIEW” program with Marc Stern and Dave Goodman, SEIU 1199 Vice president Enid Eckstein visited to discuss the upcoming Wage Action Events in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, and economic inequality issues in general.
A new report put out by the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center outlines the amount of welfare benefits going to low-wage fast-food workers. The study, "Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry," was released Tuesday. It found that more than half of the families of front-line fast-food workers, earning a median wage of just $8.69 per hour, are using major public programs, such as food stamps or Medicaid, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole.
BOSTON/Government Center - 40 people attended a demonstration at Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) Boston office on Tuesday to demand that the deficit-busting "Super Committee" - jointly selected by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry A. Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) - focus on restoring the economy by creating jobs and ending the wars, not making more cuts to vital programs. The event was organized by the MoveOn.org Boston Council, Mass. Peace Action, and the 25% Coalition.