BOSTON/South Boston - On Monday, a group of 25 people - including former employees of the recently closed Seafood Palace Restaurant in Dorchester and supporters from the Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center, Mass. Jobs with Justice, and the Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health - met at the Broadway T Stop in South Boston and held a short rally before marching up West Broadway to Kim's Market to protest Seafood Palace's violation of various state and federal labor laws and demand justice for its laid-off workers.
BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - Last Saturday, 75 people attended a "Stand for Security" march and rally called by the Service Employees International Union Local 615. The event was part of a national campaign that is seeking to unionize security guards in several cities across the U.S.
In Boston, Local 615 is attempting to organize 6 area security companies - 3 of whom have already recognized the union (Allied Barton Security Services, Securitas Security Services USA and Northeast Security), and 3 that have not (Apollo Security, Palladion Services, and USI).
BOSTON/Mission Hill - About 50 people - including affected workers, Service Employees International Union Local 615 staffers, and community allies - marched from the Mission Park apartment development in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood to the 55-77 Pond Avenue Professional and Medical Suites in Brookline Village on Tuesday to protest the planned firing of over 100 unionized workers by Commercial Cleaning Service, Inc.
Lively pickets were held for about 20 minutes at both locations, which both have contracts with the janitorial services company.
BOSTON - Over 1000 workers from two dozen area hospitals and allied healthcare facilities showed up for a boisterous rally today at 4 p.m. on Avenue de Lafayette in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area. Their main demand was clear ... they want "free and fair elections" and respect for workers rights as they attempt to unionize legions of hospital workers in the Greater Boston area.
BOSTON - A diverse 300-person rally was held yesterday at 4 p.m. in honor of May Day, the traditional international workers holiday, at the Boston Common Bandstand. Various speakers at the event addressed the need for labor and immigrant rights. A number of musicians provided entertainment. About 15 anti-immigrant counter-demonstrators were also present, and were kept at the outskirts of the rally by Boston Police. At 5:30 p.m., the attendees - their ranks now swelled to 400 after more people got off of work - marched to Copley Square.