By - 10/24/16 - 5:40 pm
Harvard students occupy Harvard builidng in support of striking workers

Carlos Aramayo shows us the scene inside 124 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge, home to Harvard's HR department. The Crimson has more.

By - 10/21/16 - 9:23 am

The Crimson interviews some of the small number of Harvard food-services workers who have gone back to work.

By - 10/14/16 - 9:20 am

Wonder if the researchers will look at the impact of paying workers a living wage on reducing poverty rates.

By - 9/30/16 - 9:38 pm

A union representing 13,000 Boston-area janitors and the organization representing local building owners reached a four-year contract deal tonight that will stave off a planned strike.

In a statement, the union, 32BJ SEIU, said: Read more.

By - 9/16/16 - 5:18 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the workers voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job in two weeks if their union and the university can't come to a contract agreement. Workers are seeking annual salaries of at least $35,000 and more affordable health insurance.

By - 8/23/16 - 4:21 pm

A federal railroad law passed in 1938 means the two railroads don't have to comply with a state law - passed by voters in 2014 - that requires Massachusetts employers to set aside paid sick leave for their workers. Read more.

By - 8/3/16 - 4:50 pm

Industries have a life cycle just like humans . Like a person’s childhood, teenage years, adulthood and golden years, industries have distinct life stages. A local example is the Nantucket whaling industry. Let’s review the lifecycle.

1659: Nantucket settled.

1752: Start up stage. Whaling voyages begin. The market for clean burning whale oil is small but growing. Industry profits are negative and large amounts of capital are required to build ships and train mariners.

1760-1789: Growth stage. In this stage capital requirements are still high, but sales grow rapidly and profits are positive.

By - 7/23/16 - 2:22 pm

Paragon Park had a gaudy fortune telling machine in its arcade. It was called Grandma’s Prophesies and it looked like a heavily made up corpse laid out in an upright casket. But deposit fifty cents though and good old grandma sprung to life. Light bulb eyeballs lit up, the creaky head spun, and her fiberglass hands moved over a glowing crystal ball. The mystical music added to the experience along with the scents of fresh cotton candy and the Nantasket sea breeze. When grandma finished with her plexi glass enclosed gyrations, a fortune card was dispensed. The card was supposed contain to wisdom that only she could see.

By - 7/19/16 - 8:21 pm

The doorbell has an eerie echo tonight, as if it’s vocalizing your disdain for what is happening next. After years of procrastination you finally decided to meet with a financial planner. Retirement is on the horizon and you need to make the most of your savings.

As the clean-cut advisor crosses the threshold you notice his expensive designer clothing. With impeccable manners he makes eye contact as he firmly shakes your hand. Then, he even goes so far as to compliment the interior decorating of your humble home. That’s exactly the sing-song you expected and the rock in your stomach only grows.

By - 7/19/16 - 8:04 pm

Most people struggle to pick a career. It’s considered a stroke of good luck if someone finds their vocation, a job that they truly enjoy. I do consider myself a lucky man, but I wouldn’t exactly say the leprechauns were looking out for me the day I started on my career path. I’m also not sure that I found financial planning. Maybe it found me.

By - 6/26/16 - 10:00 am

The nurses and the hospital both announced a tentative deal that will avert a planned Monday strike and lockout after several hours of negotiations yesterday.

Massachusetts Nurses Association statement.
Brigham and Women's statement.

By - 5/25/16 - 2:53 pm

The Globe reports OSHA has fined Cambridge Brands Inc., which makes Tootsie Rolls, $46,000 for several violations uncovered after a temporary worker had a fingertip sliced off by a machine that wraps the candies.

By - 4/14/16 - 3:07 pm
Students march for adjunct professors at BU

Kanye Wes shows us a Commonwealth Avenue shut down by Boston University students supporting a bid by adjunct professors for higher pay, better working conditions.

By - 3/15/16 - 11:39 am

A new study by the BRA does little to dispel the idea that Boston is increasingly becoming a place for the very rich and the very poor. Boston's Workforce finds: Read more.

By - 3/11/16 - 10:14 am

Gwen Betts asks:

Best coffee shop/cafe in downtown Boston to work remotely with decent wi-fi?

By - 1/18/16 - 6:06 pm

State Police report protesters demanding a $15 minimum wage at Logan Airport were allowed to protest and listen to a few speeches, then, when told to disperse, six refused and were arrested.

Those arrested on a trespassing charge: Michael G. Gallagher, 67, of Boston, Marvin A. Martin, 61, of Dorchester, Mary D. Lombos, 41, of Roxbury, Jacqueline Wesley, 51, of Roxbury, Yusuf Farah, 57, of Cambridge and Roxana L. Rivera, 46, of Warwick, RI.

Innocent, etc.

By - 1/13/16 - 4:12 pm

Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:

At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.