By - 1/19/12 - 11:29 pm

Librarians at the world's second largest private library system learned today they're now playing musical chairs.

By - 12/24/11 - 2:09 pm


Read more here from author Brad Johnson, a Boston native, who writes about climate and public policy for ThinkProgress.

By - 12/22/11 - 10:04 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports on efforts by clammers for compensation for lost wages caused when a large spill at the airport last year that caused the death of clams in beds around the airport.

By - 11/17/11 - 9:15 am

The state Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports preliminary October numbers show a statewide unemployment rate of 7.3%, compared to the national average of 9%.

Massachusetts employers reported adding a total of 10,800 jobs last month, the state says. The reason this is not reflected in the unemployment rate is because the state uses two different surveys for each - it samples households to determine the unemployment rate and surveys business owners to determine the total number of jobs.

By - 11/14/11 - 12:25 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters had to evacuate all 38 stories of 60 State St. when a second-floor leak sent water flowing into the building's electrical system in the basement.

The building normally has 2,300 or so workers on a weekday, the department says, adding the evacuation went smoothly.

By - 9/15/11 - 8:28 am

Brookline considers requiring people who operate ice-cream trucks to supply fingerprints, Wicked Local Brookline reports.

By - 6/27/11 - 1:22 pm

The Herald reports Boston school-bus drivers could strike as soon as school gets out tomorrow, which could leave kids in year-round programs for students with disabilities could be left on the sidewalk.

The article doesn't explain why members of Local 8751 might want to strike. For that, you need to look at the union Web site.

By - 6/24/11 - 9:27 am

The federal Department of Labor announced yesterday the Upper Crust Pizzeria chain will pay $81,000 in back wages and penalties to 11 kitchen workers it had improperly classified as exempt from federal overtime regulations.

"The Labor Department will not allow employers like The Upper Crust Pizzeria to violate the law and deprive vulnerable, low-wage restaurant workers of their rightful wages," said Carlos Matos, assistant director of the Wage and Hour Division's Boston District Office, which investigated the case.

By - 5/17/11 - 3:22 pm

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports a cyberbreach may have let somebody collect personal data on people receiving Massachusetts unemployment benefits:

By - 5/17/11 - 3:12 pm

Boston's startup scene constantly gets compared, negatively, to San Francisco & NYC. A group of Bostonians had enough and decided to show everyone that we might not be the biggest or most famous innovation center but we are the loudest and nothing can stop us when we work together.

Bostonians from all over are uniting tonight to show that not only is our startup scene huge, vibrant and growing but we're also willing to help each other and others purely for the sake of helping. Need a job, a lead, or just someone to bounce ideas off of? Ruby Riot is calling your name.

By - 3/26/11 - 1:16 pm

Steve Nadis reports on his unusual path for a scheduled meeting on the North Shore earlier this week.

By - 3/25/11 - 1:16 pm

Associated Press reports on the canceled event in Taunton.

By - 3/15/11 - 4:54 pm

New Hampshire and Rhode Island are apparently better, WBUR reports.

By - 3/7/11 - 8:38 am

The Boston chapter of TAG (Teacher Activist Groups) which is a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups is up and running and their new website recently launched. You can check it out here:

There are already some interesting posts regarding Boston student assignment and videos about the potential school closings.

By - 2/23/11 - 2:54 am

The crowd chanted "They say cut back, We say fight back" before the speakers came to the podium.

Congressman Ed Markey addressed the crowd to remind them what caused the financial crisis (and it wasn't public public sector workers.) Next, Congressman Mike Capuano announced, "I am a cheesehead" to communicate his solidarity with the working people of Wisconsin fighting for the right to bargain collectively for wages, benefits and work conditions. Mike foretold of similar attacks on worker rights by Republicans soon to come in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. He said it was a fight for the middle class.

By - 2/21/11 - 11:26 am

Unions hold a rally to support their state-government counterparts in Wisconsin Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the State House.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 2/8/11 - 6:34 pm


With its low unemployment rates, above-average paychecks and full supply of moviemaking professionals and newcomers emerging from one of the area's many highly-ranked film program (including Emerson College, Boston University and the Center for Digital Imaging at BU), Boston's film scene has been ready to explode for years. But with three of this award season's buzz movies' roots planted firmly in the Bay State - The Fighter, The Social Network and The Town - the time has finally arrived.

By - 1/27/11 - 4:40 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today Lahey Clinic had the right to dismiss a worker who accompanied her husband on a seven-week trip to the Philippines for a series of "healing pilgrimages" for a serious heart ailment and other medical problems.