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... Read more
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.
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 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
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.... Read more
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
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.
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... Read more
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.
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.
Michael Ratty snapped the sign explaining why a tanning and hair salon on Salem Street is closed.
The Salem Evening News reports:
A man who was part of a cleaning company at DiLuigi Sausage Co. on Pope's Lane was taken to the hospital last night after he was partially sucked into a seasoning machine. ...
Ned Batchelder goes back into the memory banks for a story of how a corporate security guy's insistence his office use a "bonded" mover when it moved from Cambridge to Marlborough meant a critical server wound up disappearing.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports on an overtime and tips suit against Boston Duck Tours.
IBEW fights with Verizon, Comcast/Xfinity over who gets to work on VoIP installations.
The Hack reports:
... The traffic must be backed up at least a couple of blocks, for the long, angry wails of car horns start from a distance, then echo and reverberate around the high-rise buildings. As the traffic moves forward the horns become louder and more distinct. One old lady in a beat up Buick must be late for her hairdresser because she... Read more
Also a convicted tax evader and perjurer.
Edwin Gaeta is currently seeking 3 novelists, 5 screenplay writers, 2 playwrights and one editor, as well as movie, TV and literary agents for his year-old, Nahant-based Pennington Station company - whose product will be novels and screenplays. He says he already has a stable of 12 writers, including "two published attorneys, a seven-times published... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered Woburn's worker's compensation carrier to pay burial and survivor benefits to the widow of David Case, a school custodian who died while operating a snowblower outside a Woburn school on Jan. 24, 2005.
MIIA Workers' Compensation SIG argued Case was due to drop at any moment from severe coronary disease, so his death was not work related. The court... Read more