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BOSTON/Allston – The DoubleTree hotel in Allston was picketed on Thursday as protestors called on its operators Hilton Worldwide and its owner Harvard University to grant their demand for a fair unionization process.
A number of hotel employees and around 200 supporters demonstrated outside the hotel claiming that workers have not received a fair process in their unionization efforts, and highlighting poor working conditions and low pay.
BOSTON/State House - While currently considering more than one bill to raise the state’s minimum wage, legislators were called on Wednesday to increase it to $10.50 an hour, to tie future raises to the cost of living, and to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to $6.30 an hour.
Around 400 supporters of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition of labor, faith, and community groups rallied outside the State House, before calling on their political representatives with their demands.
This is Open Media Boston’s News in Brief for March 24, 2014.
This is Open Media Boston's News in Brief for March 18, 2014.
Calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour in a nationwide day of action, members and supporters of the Socialist Alternative-led group 15Now held a rally on Saturday. Beginning at the State House, and marching towards the site of Occupy Boston in Dewey Sq. the protestors stopped at low-wage employers along the way to demand a living wage.
BOSTON/Kenmore Square - Just days after a settlement agreement was reached between Insomnia Cookies, several striking workers, and their union, the employer has suspended a union staff member.
Tasia Edmonds, who works at the Insomnia location near Boston University and is a union organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, was put on leave from her job earlier this week in what she calls an attempt at “union-busting.”
Cambridge, Mass. – A former temporary worker hired by the Newton, Mass. employment agency Overture Partners to work at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge alleges he worked nearly 1,500 hours of overtime without receiving the full pay owed to him under federal and state wage and hour laws.
Joshua Burdick from Salem, Mass. filed a lawsuit in state court in January that was removed to federal court in Boston last month, claiming that he was misclassified as a temporary worker and an employee exempt from overtime pay.
Cambridge, Mass. - Four workers at Insomnia Cookies in Cambridge have reached a settlement with the fast food company after they were fired for going on strike in August.
A day before a trial was set to begin at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Boston, an agreement was reached between Insomnia’s parent company, Serve U Brands, and the employees’ union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
Cambridge, Mass. – An online marketing firm based in Cambridge, Mass. is being sued by a former business development representative for allegedly not paying overtime owed to him.
Albert McCormack, who lives in Freeport, Maine, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Boston on January 17 against Hubspot after he and others in the same position allegedly regularly worked around 60 hours a week without receiving overtime.
This is the Open Media Boston News in Brief for March, 4, 2014.