By - 1/24/11 - 12:08 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker injured at a Childrens Hospital construction project in 2003 has the right to sue the contractor who hired him because the site was a complete and dangerous mess.

A lower court had thrown out William Docos's lawsuit against John Moriarty and Associates on the grounds the leaning sheetrock that injured him was "an open and obvious" danger,... Read more

By - 1/13/11 - 4:13 pm

As promised by city councilors Mike Ross and Ayanna Pressley, a city Web site now lets you see how construction projects in the city match up with the city's construction job policy, which asks developers to ensure at least half their workers are Boston residents, 25% are people of color and 10% are women.

By - 1/7/11 - 7:57 am reports on efforts to develop a Boston bartenders guild:

Most meetings take place in one of the members' bars during a weekday. The next one, at Craigie on Main January 10, will feature John Mayer of Craigie and Tyler Wang of Drink talking about ice and dilution in cocktails. Other topics in the works include an interactive roundtable about cocktail formulas and discussions

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By - 1/5/11 - 11:36 am

And a skeptical Davis Square LiveJournal is trying to figure out which local restaurant canned her.

UPDATE: Restaurant identified and tips on how to avoid a situation like this from Doc Brown local Twitter users, in the comments.

By - 12/26/10 - 10:53 am

Good Morning Gloucester posts some nausea-inducing video of the tug Justice in heavy seas the other day.

By - 12/23/10 - 2:32 pm

CanningMBTA Transit Police report arresting a Massachusetts Bay Community College student yesterday on charges he fondled a woman's buttocks on a Red Line train between Charles/MGH and Park Street last month.

Brian Canning, 26, was charged with indecent assault and battery after his alleged victim spotted him again last week, about a month after... Read more

By - 12/16/10 - 8:01 am

Imagine spending the day on an ice-encased boat in the open water hauling up lobster traps.

By - 10/13/10 - 8:15 am

In a federal lawsuit filed yesterday, workers at Cambridge Health Alliance, which runs hospitals in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett, charge they routinely have 30 minutes deducted from their pay for lunch even when they actually worked through lunch.

The class-action suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, alleges that even when workers did take a lunch break, they were "regularly interrupted with work-related matters... Read more

By - 10/5/10 - 7:57 pm

Mike Ball recalls his days working at the Cain's Mayonnaise factory in Cambridge, where, despite the marvels of automation, the lids on giant mayonnaise jars still had to be tightened by hand. Also, many of the longtime workers had hearing problems.

The lid fit nicely in a standard-size man's hand. We'd put a hand on the jar, place the lid on the opening, snap

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By - 9/24/10 - 1:18 pm

Good Morning Gloucester posts a photo and video of a guy who kept right on hauling up lobster pots even with one of his fingers impaled on a hook.

By - 9/8/10 - 10:38 am

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court, is aimed at letting delivery companies hire independent contractors to deliver packages, but if successful could affect industries from construction to accounting - and let them replace salaried employees with contractors who receive no benefits and for whom the companies do not have to pay unemployment, payroll or Social Security taxes.

The Massachusetts Delivery Association... Read more

By - 9/1/10 - 7:22 pm

The state Attorney General's office says the $50,000 fine levied by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's board of directors against CEO Paul Levy was punishment enough. But the AG's office, which found no abuse of hospital funds, also criticized the directors for not putting a stop to the relationship earlier, even though some board members might have known about it as early as 2003:... Read more

By - 8/27/10 - 7:47 am

Megan, who normally works in editing, spent a year as a baker at Flour in Fort Point Channel. She dishes on what she will and won't miss (caution: With photos, so not safe if you're hungry):

I will miss making hundreds and hundreds of sticky buns. I don't know why, but sticky buns make people happy. And I like that.

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By - 8/9/10 - 11:18 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a law intended to protect pregnant women from job loss gives them exactly eight weeks to recover. Take any more time off and their employers can fire them - even if that's not stated anywhere in company policies.

Technically, the ruling does not affect the $1.1 million verdict won by a housekeeper employed by Global NAPs to tidy... Read more

By - 7/29/10 - 9:02 am

The Hack reports on a pair of contrasting riders in his cab. With bonus side diversion to Augusta to see the rich people fly into town in their private jets to visit their kids at summer camp.

By - 6/23/10 - 8:05 am

Ray Vaillancourt, who has paramedic training himself, writes the entire refresher system is something of a failure:

... The fact that hundreds of EMT's blowing off the classes had no apparent effect on patient care is evidence of the irrelevance of the training. Very few EMT's statewide received meaningful refresher training, whether they spent the time in the classroom or not.

Those who signed

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By - 6/9/10 - 5:31 pm

Or maybe he was just a dumbass. NECN reports a guy who started working as an MBTA bus driver less than a week ago was fired after he was spotted with a cell phone.

By - 6/5/10 - 12:18 pm

Marcy tweets that the manager of the Dunkin' Donuts at 21 Summer St. in Arlington has locked the air conditioning controls so workers can't turn it on. At noon on Saturday, it was 90+ degrees inside the store, she reports.

By - 6/2/10 - 9:18 pm

Fat pig!

Michael Ratty snapped the sign explaining why a tanning and hair salon on Salem Street is closed.