Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers writes:
Randi Weingarten, President, American
The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled today that Boston cabbies who "lease" cabs for daily shifts are independent contractors and so owed nothing under the state's minimum-wage and unemployment laws.
The state's highest court noted that the state law that defines "employees" explicitly excludes cab drivers.
The judges also rejected the cabbies' assertion that collectively the medallion and radio-assocation owners were "a singular employer exercising monolithic control over the taxicab industry."
Patty Neal reports these Minutemen were having trouble finding a cab today.
Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."
Several legislators, including our own reps Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) and Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) have filed legislation that would prohibit the IOC from simply taking over control of billboards and electric signboards owned by the MBTA, MassDOT and Massport in the Boston area should Boston get the 2024 Olympics - unless the IOC pays the going rates for using the spaces.
Mayor Walsh today announced the creation of an Office of Olympic Planning and a full-time executive director: Sara Myerson, formerly chief of staff and director of policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston:
WBUR reports on the city's growing number of permanent surveillance cameras.
The Huntington News takes a look at Spot, a homegrown app for connecting drivers who need a space with people who have driveways or other parking spaces to rent out - which makes it different from the banned Haystack, which tried to alert people to open spaces on the street.
A disgusted citizen complains about the arrows on many Boston street signs, in this case on Centre Street in West Roxbury:
These overhead signs are useless. The text is so narrow that you can't read any of it. What's with the arrows taking up so much room? Is that even standard? Never seen that in any other city. These signs along Centre St are distracting and should be taken down. Too many drivers are going dangerously slow through intersections trying to get close enough to read them.
Citizens Bank this week sued the armored-car company that shuttles money to and from its branches and ATMs to make the company keep doing that until the bank can fully replace it.
In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Citizens said Garda Atlantic had threatened to stop all its service today, a move that would have left "thousands of individuals and small businesses" unfairly without access to their money.
WBUR has the details on the plan to stop subway service at 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 and to eliminate several of the late-night bus routes.
Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.
A thousand workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to todayâ€™s anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
There will be a moment of silence at City Hall at 2:49 p.m.
Healthcare, airport, theater, and fast food workers, adjuncts, drivers, students all showed up in a big way for #WageAction in Boston Tuesday.
â€” Sweetadelinevt (@sweetadelinevt) April 15, 2015
The Dig takes a look at a school system increasingly balkanized among a bevy of private concerns - from the plan to hand over a brand-new $70-million science school in Roxbury to a charter group to the way it may have helped Shaun Harrison fly under the radar for so long.
So all anyone in Boston with a young, school-age child is going to talk about in the next 36 hours is the lottery placements that are going out for BPS.
I know each school is different, but is there any rule of thumb on how much a wait list tends to move in terms of spots? I feel like anything under 10 should be decent, but if a given K1 only has 17 seats I suppose that still isn't likely.
Read 'em and weep (or rejoice)
Call your local resource center to get the news.
Last night, the city marked a number of Citizens Connect snow complaints closed with this note:
Thank you for your request. This service request is now considered closed due to the recent arrival of Spring. The City worked around the clock this winter to address the record-breaking snowfall and we hope that many of your concerns were resolved. We encourage you to let us know of any additional issues and thank you for working with us to make the City a better place. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any requests that we were not able to get to.
Our illustrious senior senator Elizabeth Warren was interviewed live via satellite on "Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday, April 10th (great interview, by the way -- Clinton/Warren 2016!).
Anyway, I know these uplinks often happen in suburban studios with the Boston skyline added in the background, but I've never seen this one before. Was it really Boston?